Sudden death of popular Buckhaven GP

Dr Alasdair Sneddon
Dr Alasdair Sneddon

Colleagues and friends have paid tribute to Dr Alasdair Sneddon, whose sudden death last week has left the community shocked.

Dr Sneddon, who was 58, was a well-known GP at Buckhaven’s Muiredge Surgery for 22 years, and a dedicated, award-winning member of Largo Bay Sailing Club.

He was also a very keen photographer and had a great love of the countryside, as well as the water.

It’s understood he collapsed in the surgery last Wednesday afternoon, and, sadly, despite the efforts of his colleagues and other medical staff, he could not be saved.

Originally from Ruislip in London, Dr Sneddon was born in 1956 and lived in Rutland, Dorset, and Tunbridge Wells in Kent.

In 1974, he came to St Andrews University to study medical sciences, graduating in 1977.

He then took a year out and spent a holiday in Alberta, Canada, where he met his future wife, Joan Morrison, from Quebec.

Dr Sneddon studied clinical medicine at Manchester University for three years and graduated in 1981, the year in which he married Joan and returned to Scotland to work.

His career took him to Stornoway,Inverness, Carluke, Bridge of Earn and Aberdeenshire, before he came to Buckhaven in March 1992.

His colleague at Muiredge, Dr Swapan Mukherjee, said: “He was really a stalwart of the practice, a big strength to the practice, and had a very long and loyal following among staff and patients.”

Dr Mukherjee said he was well respected as chairman of NHS Fife’s local medical committee and added: “He had loads of friends in the the profession – he was highly liked, a very amicable person, and always tried to help people as much as he could.”

Kevan Gibb, of Largo Bay Sailing Club, said Dr Sneddon had been “a very major player” in the club for a number of years and “led the way” in publicity for its activities.

He ran a very successful website and a news letter – for which he received an award from the Royal Yachting Association – and was “great” at publicising the club.

“Everybody is in a state of shock about his passing,” added Mr Gibb. “Our thoughts are with Joan and the boys at this sad time.”

Dr Sneddon, of Lower Largo, is survived by Joan, and sons Duncan, Ewan and Murray. Another son, Malcolm, died in infancy in 1987.

Dr Sneddon had encouraged Duncan and Ewan to sail and enjoyed watching them in club races. He also persuaded Murray to pursue his interest in cricket, leading to him joining Largo Cricket Club.

This Friday, there will be a private burial in the morning at Dunbarney Cemetery in Bridge of Earn, followed by a celebration of Dr Sneddon’s life at 3.00 p.m. in the Old Manor Hotel, Lundin Links, to which all friends are respectfully invited.