In Celebration of

Neil "Dr Mac" McLellan

07 May 1931 -  18 August 2017

The family wishes to announce the sudden death of Neil McLellan on 18 August 2017

Renfrewshire Gazette 13th September 2017

Tributes paid to long-serving village GP

HEARTFELT tributes have been paid to a former Bishopton doctor who died after suffering a sudden spell of pneumonia.

Dr Neil Foster Mclellan, better known to his many patients as ‘Dr Mac,’ served the community at the village’s health centre for around 25 years.

He was admitted to Inverclyde Royal Hospital last month with a chest infection but his condition worsened and he sadly died at the age of 86.

The Paisley-born dad, grandad and great-grandad was said to be a traditional GP who wrote prescriptions using an ink pot and pen and took the time to get to know each of his patients.

“People have been telling me how they remember him writing prescriptions with his ink pen and how he was an absolute gentleman who always had time for you, which really is true.
His daughter, Elspeth Mclellan, said the family have taken great comfort from an outpouring of love from members of the local community since his death.

She added: “He was such a good dad who had always been great with his family. He took us out to all sorts of places.
“He was a kind, gentle soul who had a love of cars and trains and a sweet obsession with cafes.

“People have been telling me how they remember him writing prescriptions with his ink pen and how he was an absolute gentleman who always had time for you, which really is true.
“I think it was in his blood to be a doctor as his dad was one in the Army in the Second World War.

“He was a credit to the medical profession and will be remembered for his care and dedication to the people of Bishopton.

“Everyone there has a Dr Mac story.”

News of Dr Mclellan’s death has sparked dozens of poignant tributes from the Bishopton community on social media, with some saying he had been their GP since the 1970s and describing him as a “caring, fantastic doctor.”

Family and friends said their final farewell to Dr Mclellan during a funeral service at the historic Paisley Abbey, where he had been a regular worshipper for around 25 years.

Ms Mclellan added: “We want to thank everyone for their condolences.

“The tributes have helped us tremendously.

“It’s been both humbling and comforting for us to know how much he was loved by people and how many lives he touched.”


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Steven Henderson 

Written on 23 August 2017 from Bishopton

A wonderful doctor, who always remembered me and always asked after my mother and brother. I will always recall my mums face on one of his many house calls in the middle if the night as he wrote a prescription with his ink bottle balanced precariously on his knee. He never spilled a drop yet, of which she was glad as she stared at her new carpet....

One of a kind.

Sandra Henderson (Patient)

Written on 23 August 2017 from Bishopton

Myself and family were patients for many years and were so grateful for everything he did for us and the way he looked after us. He knew everyones name even after he retired and never failed to ask after them. He will be sadly missed. .

Elizabeth Kelso 

Written on 24 August 2017 from Bishopton

Doctor McLellan was a truly dedicated and conscientious family doctor. Patients were confident that if you needed him, he would would be there.He could be totally relied upon to tend his patients with kindness and empathy. May he rest in peace.

Aileen Anderson nee Christie (Patient and ex colleague)

Written on 24 August 2017 from Perthshire

My thoughts are with the family and friends at the loss of such a good and true man and doctor. He cared for me as a child, my family and for my dear Dad at home right up until he died. I also had the great privilege of working with him as a district nurse in Bishopton. A man of great compassion, care, integrity and medical expertise who will be greatly missed. I am so sad.

Patricia Crosby 

Written on 24 August 2017 from Colchester, Essex

I knew Dr Maclellan whilst living in Bishopton at my uncle,Willie McDaid'd, house and working at the convent. He was a kind and caring man and a brilliant doctor. Please accept my sincere condolences at your great loss.


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