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The son of a publican, John Lanagan Kelly entered general practice after serving as a captain with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Egypt. One of the last of a dedicated group of general practitioners in singlehanded practice in south Glasgow, he reluctantly retired from NHS work in 1991 but continued to work with local alcohol rehabilitation services. He was renowned for his sartorial elegance, and a measure of his professional popularity was the inability of his large surgery to accommodate his retirement party. A very private man and a devout Roman Catholic, he remained active as a medical officer with the Glasgow Archdiocesan pilgrimage to Lourdes, and in his retirement was a keen gardener and a prolific and talented artist. Predeceased by his first wife, Mary, he leaves his second wife, Elizabeth; three children; and seven grandchildren.
Former general practitioner Glasgow (b 1921; q Glasgow 1944), died from metastatic colon cancer on 11 November 2007.