The loss of Phil O’Donnell ten years ago was particularly hard for his teammate David Clarkson.
Not only was the great midfielder a colleague, but he was also the striker’s uncle.
Ten years down the line, David casts his mind back to remember the ‘Well legend, a man who played such a big role in his nephew’s life.
“It’s hard to put a time on it because sometimes it feels like ten years but then sometimes it doesn’t,” he said.
“As a family we’re lucky in the sense that we have good people around us and we look after each other, so that helps you through a lot of it.
“It’s the same with friends too, speaking to people and having the support there from everybody makes a difference. That side of things was helpful at the time as well as being helpful over the years.
“You just have to see the messages of support from people at the club and all across football. That goes a long way for myself and the family.
“Anyone who knew him, even if they had just met him once or twice, has nothing but good things to say about him and when he is spoke about, it’s the good times people mention – the happy memories.
“I look back on the memories I have of my uncle, from being alongside him on the pitch or off it, there are so many different things that bring a smile to my face.”
And that visible sense of happiness is something that resonates with anyone who speaks about ‘Well’s legendary number ten.
“For me and for the entire family it is also really nice and rather moving when you hear all of the incredibly nice things people say or talk about.
“Growing up I learnt so much from him too. The entire family has a love for football so seeing him progress as a player and how he handled things showed and taught me a lot.
“From seeing the way he dealt with things like moving to Celtic, moving down south, and seeing how mature he was throughout all of that and all of his career, it truly showed me how to handle yourself and is something that has helped with my career.
“Having that figure so close to you goes a long way. When you add to that just how highly everyone thought of, and still thinks of him, and you have a true role model. One I feel so lucky to have had in my life.”