Our long standing, reliable lollipop man Alex McNeillie has been sadly forced to retire from his Lollipop Duties at Wellington School in Ayr due to family illness. We, as a family and friends are all deeply saddened to hear of the news this week, and as a parent of Wellington School for many years, with my 3 children attending the school and my nephew attending since 1998, he will be missed! Not necessarily deeply saddened that Alex is retiring, as he must have been frozen most winter mornings but the fact that he had to retire due to family illness.
Alex greeted us all with his occasional cheery face in the cold early mornings of school drop off and with the same chirpy comments during the pandemonium parking fiascos of school pick up. We could always rely on Alex for a funny comment to get your day started. Well, I know I did.
I was aware of Alex's own health issues which were starting to niggle away at him despite my attempt at buying him a massive bottle of cod liver oil tablets which, as he described - 'each one could choke a horse!' - perhaps on reflection they were too large! I only recently heard after Christmas of his dear wife's ill health. Most of you will be aware that Alex was blessed with at least 17 grand children ( I could never quite remember how many exactly and I think he also struggled to keep track).
I know for sure that Alex didn't wish to retire and in his own words ' Ave a gid few years in me yet!'...I'm also aware that Alex was not financially flush and early retirement would most definitely not help his financial circumstances at home therefore rather than buy him chocolates, flowers and other gifts I felt that a financial donation towards making his retiring years that little bit more enjoyable would be most appreciated.
Some of you may prefer to give your own presents however I'm sure a lovely lump sump of cash would go a long way to assist him and his family over this time.
Please leave your personal messages here too for Alex and I shall ensure that he gets to read them. Hopefully, we can organise a nice little cheque for our children to hand over in the coming weeks.
Thanks for reading and huge thanks for your donation..