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Simon (Paul) Martin, husband to Sinéad, Victoria’s only brother and Paul and Patsy’s only surviving child had a bicycle accident about 3 weeks ago – he was very keen cyclist.
Unfortunately he went over his handlebars in a freak accident and never regained consciousness. He was wearing a helmet, but still suffered catastrophic head injuries, from which he could never recover.
Simon was taken off life support on Friday afternoon and passed away early Monday morning.
As a mark of respect, this practice will be closed on Thursday and Friday of this week.
We will be open on Saturday morning as usual, though we cannot offer eye examinations on that day.
Business as usual next week, life has to go on after all, despite how hard it may seem to be.
Apologies for any inconvenience, but how much tragedy can one family have in 9 weeks?
In the movies they always say that it isn’t a tragedy to die doing something you love, maybe that is true, but it doesn’t feel that way for those left behind.
I really do sincerely hope that this will be the last unexpected practice closure for a very long time!!
Sadly after a long and unfortunately never winnable illness, Victoria the founder of McLeish Optometrists has passed away.
We will miss her every day – I was married to Vicky for only 22 years – though we together for 28.
She will be missed by many family members and friends, including the staff here – Neasa did not know Vicky before coming to work for us, but that was over 11 years ago. Sandra was Victoria’s friend for a long time before she came to work for us.
I guess that we will have a few days being closed, and perhaps a few more days of no testing, but after that, and more than ever, please do not be a stranger – no business will survive if no-one wants to call in because they may feel awkward.
We have all known about Vicky’s diagnosis since 2007, and we all knew that one day, it could take her away from us.
Please just give us a few days to get back to “normal”, and then do not hesitate to call us or call in.
Victoria Louise (Martin) McLeish 06/09/1971 – 25/07/2019
We usually have a late night on Thursdays – open until 8.30 pm, usually.
Due to a conflict of appointments elsewhere, obligations elsewhere and staff holidays we have no-one who can be here tonight to man the fort.
Apologies for the inconvenience, but for tonight only, we will be gone at 3.30pm. Was intended to be 5.30, but another change of plans.
Hopefully this will not be a regular happening, it is the first one since we started the late nights over 2 years ago, but tonight there is no other option.
Again, sorry for the inconvenience,
Christmas Time, again.
As usual we are going to be closed between Christmas and New Year, our excuse being that we can get no deliveries until the New Year. Though that is actually true!
This is the only time I am personally guaranteed to get some time off, and that time at home is very precious, particularly this year.
We will be having a staff Christmas meal on Friday 21st in the afternoon, so we will be closing at 1pm, or perhaps shortly after? on that Friday, and we will be gone until January 3rd.
(Scottish people are genetically unable to work on January 2nd).
We may see you in the Bailie Hotel on Friday afternoon, but after that we will see you in 2019.
Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas, or Happy Holidays to be more politically correct?
Ho Ho Ho!
Happy Holidays from Ian, Neasa , Sandra and Victoria.
(once again, in alphabetical order!)
Many thanks to all of our clients – no business is anything without you, after all!
We wish you all a happy and healthy Christmas, and onwards to year 2019 and beyond!
Please, please remember to NOT sleep in your contact lenses- it may have been a great night out, but your next day or two in hospital may not be so great? It is not worth it – for more information in case of an emergency, please click this link.