Obituary: Tim Marcellino, 22

Tim Marcellino. Picture: contributed

Tim Marcellino. Picture: contributed

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Writer and artist Tim Marcellino, a former pupil of George Heriot’s School, has died at the age of 22.

Born in September 1990 while his parents Kate and Stuart were both students at Keele University, Tim was the first grandchild of his four grandparents and as such was especially doted on and spoiled.

Tim welcomed his little sister, Emily, when he was four and they remained close, particularly in the last few years.

When he was still young, however, his parents split up and found new partners.

He was always a big player of computer games, often on his own, but he was also a very sociable young person.

Tim loved family holidays, often to the beach in Gullane and North Berwick, and was regularly accompanied on these trips by grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins.

When his little brother Louis was born he loved playing with him and taught him words like “awesome” and “sweet”.

At secondary school, Tim hated outdoor games, preferring to read, listen to music and enjoy solitude.

When he was 15, Kate moved from Glasgow, where they had lived since he was eight, to Edinburgh and Tim went to George Heriot’s, where he found a creative ethos and like- minded pupils who became friends.

He also found in the Capital teachers who understood and encouraged his art, music and writing.

Tim was clearly talented and achieved As in everything he studied, but it became apparent that his talent was a complex matter. Although he was liked by everyone, he alone didn’t recognise his talent or his popularity.

He went to Manchester University to study English and started his first year twice. Sadly, each time he was overwhelmed by depression in the second term and he dropped out.

However, he liked the city and he lived there near his dad, creating his art, getting more involved with music, writing and enjoying his friends.

One of his good friends said he never let his own demons get in the way of being a good friend.

He boosted their confidence, made them laugh and made them feel special.

Tim enjoyed his involvement with Other Sounds, a student society in which members shared their musical obsessions. They swapped CDs they had made themselves based on agreed themes.

Tim died on March 25, in Manchester, aged 22. Friends and family came together for a ceremony at Arthur’s Seat to celebrate his life.

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