Mary Neilson, a resident of Tollcross for many years and member of Tollcross Community Council passed away on Wednesday 24th July after a short illness.

She was a stalwart of the local community, living on Spittal Street, taking care of the local area, bins, businesses and keeping the Council in order over many years!

She will be greatly missed by her family and many friends in Tollcross and beyond.

At Tollcross Community Council we thought it fit to share some of the kind words said regarding Mary over the years below:

A wee minding for Mary

On hearing the sad news of Mary’s death yesterday I was taken back to July 31, 2015 when she and I attended, as representatives of Tollcross Community Council, the Lord Provost’s Garden Party in the grounds of Lauriston Castle. This turned out to be a magical kind of afternoon in Mary’s company where our conversation ranged far and wide accompanied by speeches, civic awards, musical interludes and the like. The sunshine, the sweeping panorama down to and across the Forth, the many refilled teacups (Mary!) and glasses of prosecco (me!), sandwiches and cakes, and the sparkling company made it for me quite unforgettable.

I had been taken with Mary from first meeting her at the TXCC meetings where her love of her local area and her dogged determination to make sure things worked as well as possible was impressive. The fact that all this was accompanied by a twinkle in her eye and ready recourse to laughter was endearing and exemplified perhaps the right approach to dealing with the bureaucratic intricacies of the Cooncil. Her knowledge of Tollcross and its history was sorely missed when Mary’s move to Morningside meant she had to resign from TXCC.

It has been an absolute pleasure, if only for a short time, to have known Mary. She will be much missed.

Iain Black

And from the minute when Mary stood down from the Community Council:

Our thanks to Mary Neilson

Paul Beswick intimated that tonight’s meeting was the last that Mary Neilson would be attending in her capacity as a community councillor, as she was soon to be moving to the Morningside district, but added that he hoped that she would continue to attend meetings as a member of the public. Mary replied that she would be pleased to continue attending our meetings

Paying warm tribute to Mary’s long association with TXCC which goes back more than 25 years and to her staunch and unwaveringly hard work as a member, Paul also expressed much gratitude on behalf of TXCC to Mary for having kept the Police and the City Council in order over this period!