Tribute to Dr John McClure MBE

Friends of Seafield House Committee Member, Dr John McClure MBE, passed away peacefully at home on 30 January 2018, aged 74. John was diagnosed five years ago with bowel cancer. His courage and dignity shone, as did his warmth, humour and style; John’s signature bow ties a hallmark.

John served as a Registrar in Pediatrics at Seafield Children’s Hospital from 1970 to 1971, and as a Consultant from 1975 until its closure. He was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List last year for services to pediatric healthcare.

John was Chairman of the Scottish Cot Death Trust (SCDT), a position he held since 2002, having joined the Trust in 1991. For the first time, the International Conference on SIDS, Stillbirth and Baby Survival will be held this year in Glasgow. SCDT is hosting the conference in June on behalf of the International Society for the Prevention of Perinatal and Infant Death (ISPID) and the International Stillbirth Alliance (ISA). That this prestigious event is coming to Glasgow is further testament to John’s trailblazing work over many years.

John was one of the leaders of the “Save Seafield” Campaign in 1978. In joining the campaign to SAVE Seafield House by Friends of Seafield House, with SAVE Britain’s Heritage and others, John showed his generosity of spirit in taking on another campaign: one close to his heart. Although John was unable to attend regular Committee meetings, he was active in supporting the campaign by telephone and email. Friends of Seafield House will continue its campaign with renewed drive in honour of John’s memory.

John’s funeral service was held this morning at Ayr St Columba Church. Over 600 people attended to pay their respects. The service was led by Rev Fraser Aitken. A collection was made for the Scottish Cot Death Trust. FoSH Chair & Secretary attended to represent FoSH, make our donation on behalf of Committee Members and give our tribute to the family.

15 February 2018