Tributes were paid to a beloved Ayrshire pet shop employee who died suddenly last week, just months after her retirement.
Carol Young has been a friendly face of Troon Pets and Aquaria for the past four years.
The animal lover was a mainstay of the popular Church Street store and had only just retired on Christmas.
Her former colleagues learned last week that she had died of a stroke at her Newmilns home at the age of 66.
Carol was rushed to hospital after the major clot on Wednesday, July 21, but sadly died a few days later, on Sunday, July 25, at Crosshouse Hospital.
Troon Pets and Aquaria announced the devastating news to customers last week.
In a Facebook post, Audrey Young, heartbroken owner of the Church Street store, said: “It is with great sadness that we have to announce the sudden passing of my sister-in-law Carol who has just retired from Montreal. Christmas after joining the Troon animals when Tom passed away four years ago. She was a great friend and my rock .. The whole family will be sadly missed.
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Audrey told Ayrshire Live how Carol intervened in times of crisis following the death of her husband Tom Young in 2017.
Supportive Carol stepped in to help the team cope with the shock loss and has since become a mainstay until her retirement after Christmas last year.
Supporters paid tribute to Carol who has been hailed as the “life and soul” of the store.
Audrey, 58, said: “We were all shocked and devastated to learn of Carol’s passing.
“She came to help me when I needed it most after my husband died.
“She was one of those vibrant, vibrant people, she loved talking to people when they walked in – everyone remembers her, she loved working here.
Carol, who was married to husband Andrew Young, spent time in many Ayrshire stores, including running her own in Newmilns and working for JD Sports and the Poundshop in Kilmarnock.
Audrey added: “She was well known in her village, she lived there all her life.
“But she had such an impact here at Troon, many clients came to pay homage to her and share memories.
“She loved working here and loved seeing everyone’s pets. She was the life and soul of the place.”
Carol’s funeral will be on Monday August 9 at the Dreghorn Crematorium.
Troon Pets and Aquaria will close on that day to allow staff to pay their respects.
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