Tributes paid to Cameron McGowan

Date published: 22 January 2021

The family of Cameron McGowan, who sadly ended his life on Monday (18 January), has paid tribute to him.

Having lived in Rochdale for most of his life, Cameron, 26, attended Balderstone Technology College and, more recently, worked at the JD Sports Warehouse at Kingsway.

Cameron’s older brother, Cal, said: “Cameron, I can’t believe you’re not with us anymore. I’m so saddened that you felt you needed to take this way to get out of the pain you were in. I wish I could have helped you see that you are so loved and that the world was so much better with you in it. I'm not angry at you, I'm heartbroken my little brother is no longer here. I am so sorry I could not help you. I'll miss you.

“I love you so much and will forever keep you in my heart. Until we meet again.”

Best friend, Danny Tiff said: “Cam, I can't believe it. I can't believe you're gone. The person that you were to me, the personality that shone. You were always there to joke with, and make me laugh each day. There's so much that I'm feeling, and so much that I could say. The thing that hurts me the most inside is how you were so kind, and yet you were the last to say what was happening in your mind.

“I love you more than words, my friend. And the person that I am is all because of knowing you, my friend, my brother, Cam.”

An additional tribute left on the steps next to the Rochdale Exchange shopping centre read: “Cameron; you will be dearly missed. I'm sorry we didn't get to spend more time together. You were always so sweet and shy and I love that about you! I hope you are at peace. Love, Becky.”


Flowers left on Yorkshire Street for Cameron McGowan


Other tributes left by people read:

“Rest in peace Cameron. I didn’t know you but when I heard your story, I felt so very sad for you, your family and friends. I hope you’re at peace now with the angels. May God look after you and your family.”

“May Cameron rest in peace.”

“I’m lost for words; he never upset anyone. Quiet person, good dude. R.I.P.”

“Cameron always had a smile on his face and never said anything bad to anyone. You will be missed. R.I.P”

“No words can describe this pain. Fly high; I love you.”

“Rest in peace Cameron. You’ll be missed terribly.

“When I am gone, release me, let me go.
I have so many things to see and do.

You mustn't tie yourself to me with too many tears.
But be thankful we had so many good years.

I gave you my love, and you can only guess
How much you’ve given me in happiness.

I thank you for the love that you have shown,
But now it is time I travelled on alone.

So grieve a while for me, if grieve you must.
Then let your grief be comforted by trust.

It is only for a while that we must part,
So treasure the memories within your heart.

I won't be far away, for life goes on.
And if you need me, call and I will come.

Though you can't see or touch me, I'll be near.
And if you listen with your heart, you'll hear
All my love around you, soft and clear.

And then, when you must come this way alone,
I'll greet you with a smile and a ‘welcome home.’”

Help is available

When life is difficult, Samaritans are here – day or night, 365 days a year. You can call them for free on 116 123, email them at, or visit to find your nearest branch.

A powerful talking group for men is also available in Rochdale, providing men with a safe space to openly discuss their worries and mental health concerns. Andys Man Club is a registered charity in England and Wales and runs every Monday (except bank holidays) from 7pm - 9pm at Mayfield Sports Centre, Keswick Street, Castleton, OL11 3AG.

If you would like to attend Andys Man Club, please email or message the Facebook page.

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