Colin Weir: Euromillions winner’s hearse will pass the Firhill terrain

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Colin Weir won a record fat prize with his wife Chris in 2011

The funeral of Colin Weir, who won one of the largest lottery jackpots in Europe, will include a stop outside the home of his football team.

Weir, who died at 71 last month after a brief illness, favored Partick Thistle for life.

He recently completed his acquisition of the Scottish Championship football club and announced plans to give the team ownership to fans.

Weir and his wife Chris claimed the Euromillions prize of £ 161 million in 2011.

The procession will pause outside the Firhill Stadium in Maryhill, Glasgow, at 10:30 GMT.

The funeral service at Partick Burgh Hall, which begins at 11:15, will be followed by a private cremation.

In 2013, the couple created The Weir Charitable Trust and made a donation to a community soccer club in Largs, North Ayrshire.

They also invested in Partick Thistle, which led to the renaming of the youth organization as Thistle Weir Youth Academy and a section of its Firhill stadium called Colin Weir Stand.

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Partick Thistle players watched a minute of silence for Colin Weir in Cappielow last month.

In November of last year, Weir secured a majority stake in the club and promised to grant 55% equity interest directly to a group of fans by March 2020.

A minute-long applause was held for the lifelong Jags fan before the club’s recent game against Greenock Morton during which the players wore black bracelets.

The couple’s victory at EuroMillions in 2011 was one of the biggest lottery jackpots in Europe and followed a series of reinvestments.

They later described how they stayed up all night after discovering their good fortune around midnight as they checked their tickets at the BBC’s Red Button text message service.

The couple made a donation of £ 1 million to Scotland’s independence campaign before the 2014 referendum, and continued donating to the SNP afterwards.

Last year they confirmed that they were going to divorce after 38 years of marriage.

Scotland’s Prime Minister Nicola Sturgeon said she was “incredibly sad” to learn of Weir’s death.

After Mr. Weir’s death, the family issued a statement thanking Ayr University Hospital staff for their “care and compassion.”

Mr. Weir, who previously worked as a television cameraman, is survived by his two adult children.

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