Councillor Russell Clearie is to have a pacemaker fitted
Feb 13 2013
by Douglas Dickie, Rutherglen Reformer
Councillor Russell Clearie is to have a pacemaker fitted.
But the well-liked former Provost has vowed not to slow down in his council work once he is back on his feet.
The Cambuslang West member is on the emergency list and expects to be called into hospital in the next fortnight.
He has collapsed twice in recent weeks and had to be taken to Hairmyres Hospital where tests revealed a rapid and irregular heartbeat.
Russell has become well known for his devotion to his job but he could be facing up to a month away from his duties depending on how he reacts to the procedure.
When asked if this could spell the end of his career in council he laughed: “Not a chance!
“I’ve been told that when you get a pacemaker you can become like a brand new man.
“I’ve always enjoyed working. The volunteers out there are the salt of the Earth and I love engaging with the local community and trying to improve it.
“You can’t right all the wrongs but you can try. A lot of people tell me I do too much but you can’t change your make-up.”
Russell, who still hopes to attend a full council meeting this week, admitted the news came as a surprise but he has remained philosophical since.
He told the Reformer: “I feel fit enough but it obviously gave Pam (Clearie, his wife and fellow councillor) a fright.
“Hopefully it will give me a new lease of life. My blood pressure and cholesterol were all fine.
“It’s just one of these things that comes with old age.
“You can’t stop the book of life, the doctors have made the decision and I’ll just need to get on with it.”
Russell revealed he’s been inundated with messages of support, including from political rivals such as David Baillie.
He added: “There’ll be no stopping me after this, I’ll be working 24/7.”