Tributes paid to Banchory-born GP found dead at home

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A service of thanksgiving is to be held next week for a popular GP who died suddenly in his sleep at home in Stirling last month.

Emergency services were called to the home of Dr Dawson Mennie in Deanston on January 24. The doctor and father of two, who was originally from Banchory, could not be revived.

Dr Mennie, 37, was married with two young children, and worked at Park Avenue Medical Practice, Stirling.

A former Banchory Academy pupil, Dr Mennie was known to be diabetic, although the cause of death is not yet known.

A police spokeswoman said: “We are treating the death as unexplained but there are no suspicious circumstances. A report has been submitted to the procurator fiscal.”

His wife, Mhairi, is a nurse at Leny Practice in Callandar and he was a devoted father to their son Harris and daughter Robyn. The couple were married in 2012.

Dr Mennie attended the University of Aberdeen before joining the GP Register in 2005.

A statement issued by colleagues at Park Avenue Medical Practice said: “We were shocked and saddened to learn of Dr Mennie’s death.

“He will be greatly missed by colleagues and patients and we would ask that the privacy of his family and friends be respected at this difficult time.”

Tributes were paid to the popular GP on his wife Mhairi’s Facebook page.

Scott Halfyard wrote: “I was pretty much Dawson’s best mate in our primary school years.

“We kinda lost touch through high school and even more so in our post Banchory Academy days. I’m so sorry to hear this and my thoughts are with you and the wee ones.”

The service of thanksgiving will be held at Dunblane Cathedral on Monday February 9 at 11.15am.