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East Kilbride Doctor found dead


Dr Arthur Tear(89), a retired ex-East Kilbride GP, and his wife Mary, who suffered from dementia, were found dead in their Millport home in the holiday island of Cumbrae.

Dr Tear was one of the original doctors of East Kilbride New Town and a founding member of Huntergreen Medical Practice.

A statement from their children Alistair, Hamish and Marjorie said: “They were a devoted couple, inseparable since they married over 60 years ago, indeed it was to be their 66th wedding anniversary this Thursday. We’ll miss them terribly.

"We would like to thank everyone for their words of comfort; it is very reassuring to know how well thought of our parents were, however, we would be grateful if we were left to grieve as a family at this very sad and difficult time."

The grim discovery sparked a full-scale response from the emergency services, but the couple were declared dead at the scene.

A neighbour said: “We are all very saddened. No one knows for sure how Dr Tear and his wife died but it was well known that Mrs Tear didn’t keep very well.

“You would see them out walking quite a lot. He would walk along with a wheelchair and when Mrs Tear needed a rest, she would hop on. They were very old and extremely close.”

Police launched a probe into the deaths but said there were no suspicious circumstances.

Senior officers said they were “not looking for anyone else” in connection with the tragedy and reports were being prepared for the Procurator Fiscal.

A Police Scotland spokesman said: “Around 11.20am, the bodies of an elderly man and a woman were found within a house in West Bay, Millport.

“Inquiries into the incident are continuing.”

Post-mortem examinations are expected to take place.

Dr Tear, formerly of Thorntonhall, ran his own GP surgery above a chemist in East Kilbride Village in the 1950s before moving to Huntergreen Medical Practice.

Originally based in Hunter Street in the Village, the practice moved to the newly-built Hunter Health Centre in the town centre in1973.

He was also an ear specialist at Hairmyres Hospital for some time.