Fort Myers, Florida — Dr. Jeffrey B. Neilson, M.D., F.A.A.F.P., CMD, 79, of Fort Myers, passed away August 27. He was born December 29, 1932 in Bearsden, Dunbartonshire, Scotland to the late George J. and Eva (Tolson) Neilson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Catherine (Bash) and his first wife Gwynneth (Jones) Neilson, with whom they had two children who still survive them; daughter, Jane Eslinger and her husband Franz; granddaughter, Hilary; son, David Neilson and his wife Bonnie; grandsons, Christopher and Alexander. He is also survived by his current wife, Diane (Dennis) Neilson, whom he married in 1983. She has two children, Jennifer and Jeffrey, wife Lisa; grandson, Evan.
Dr. Neilson came to Lee County in 2001 from Chester, New Hampshire. He was a member of the Church of England. He graduated in 1950 from the University of Bristol Medical School in England. He qualified in July of 1955 with Distinction in Public Health. After internship, he spent two years in the Royal Army Medical Corp where he attained the rank of Captain and was a Clinical Officer in Orthopedics. He entered general practice as an assistant for two years and then a partner. In 1969 he immigrated to the US as one of four original partners at the Derry Medical Center. He became a U.S. citizen and board certified. He was a member from 1980 to the present Fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians, certified Medical Director of the American Medical Directors Association from 1997 until retirement, president of the Medical Staff from 1989 to 1991, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Parkland Medical Center, formerly known as Alexander-Eastman Hospital in Derry, New Hampshire. He was very active with the American Heart Association from 1971 to 1988 and was past chairman of the cardiac care unit committee and program planning committee, advanced cardiac Life Support Membership Committees and he was with the National Faculty of Basic and Advanced Cardiac Life Support from 1981 to 1988. He was the Medical Director of three nursing homes in Derry and Windham, NH. He was a charter board member of the New Hampshire Nursing Home Medical Directors Association from 1993 till his retirement in 2001.
ARRANGEMENTS: There was a memorial service on Tuesday, September 4 at 2:00 p.m. at the Fort Myers Memorial Gardens Funeral Home, 1589 Colonial Blvd., Fort Myers, Florida 33907. Interment followed in the cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hope Hospice, 9470 Healthpark Circle, Fort Myers, Florida 33908. Condolences may be left at www.fortmyersmemorial.com.