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Huge sadness at passing of widely-respected and much-loved Tynan doctor

Dr John Fitzroy Gillespie passed away at home on Easter Sunday

There has been much sadness following the passing of Dr John Fitzroy Gillespie.

He passed away peacefuly at his home at Tynan on Sunday.

Dr Gillespie was widely known in equestrian circles.

And in 2008 he was awarded the MBE in the New Year’s Honours List for voluntary services to horce racing.

He had been twice married and pre-deceased by wives, the late Dr Barbara Ann Gillespie and the late Lady Elizabeth Jane Alexander Gillespie, who was a sister of Lord Caledon.

A Justice of the Peace, he was also chairman of the Armagh and Tynan Point-to-Point.

He had practicef medicine and was the local GP in Tynan for many many years.

A familiar figure and a friendly face, he was always dapper in his appearance with his trademark bow-tie.

His passing will come as a huge shock to locals who admired him immensely.

He will be sadly missed by children Gael, Patrick and Rollo, son-in-law Scott, daughters-in-law Roberta and Linda; grandchildren Caroline, GIllian, Jack, Harry, Daisy; great-grandchild Lilly and all the family circle,.and our sympathy goes to them and all the family circle at this time.

The house and funeral are strictly private due to government restrictions.

Family flowers only are requested and donations, are being accepted for ‘Friends of Tynan Surgery’, (with cheques made payable to same), c/o Trevor McCoy, Funeral Undertaker, 77, Main Street, Killylea, Armagh, Co. Armagh. BT60 4LS.


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