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A Personal Touch…

Funeral Directors are like friends. They become someone you rely on and trust in your moment of need. You would rather talk to a friend than a stranger and the same applies when you are choosing a funeral director. In your moment of need, our experienced and professional staff are willing and available to take the time to answer any questions regarding funerals and funeral arrangements.


        Mr Johnnie McLellan (right)

John McLellan & Co was started in 1923 by Mr John McLellan. The company, along with being a funeral directors was also a reputable glazier and joinery business. After the death of John, his son Johnnie moved back from Glasgow to continue to run the family business. During these years Johnnie ‘The Blunt’ built a reputation on great service and was hugely respected throughout Lochaber for his kindness. Johnnie retired in the mid 1970’s. The business still bears the family name today.



        Mr Iain Kennedy (back left)



In 1973, Mr Iain Kennedy who was an employee with the business, bought the company and for the next 27 years he diligently served the local community with real affection and dedication. His sense of humour and his gentle banter endeared him to all he met and this ability to put people at ease, was fundamental in his role as a funeral undertaker.

Iain was also a very skilled joiner and enjoyed this side of the business as well.


Mr Angus MacPhie, Mr John Campbell and Mr Ewen MacLennan (left to right)


In 2000, Mr Kennedy retired and sold the funeral business to Angus and Sheena MacPhie and John and Joan Campbell. Over this period Ewen MacLennan was the Senior Funeral Director and was much loved and respected by the community. On Ewen’s retirement after 20 years of dedicated service to the company, Scott Greenlees was promoted to Ewen’s principal position.


In 2016, Mr Scott Greenlees led a management buyout, along with his co-investors Mr Pete O’Neill and Mr Gordon Fergusson. Following the business purchase Scott aims to continue the established traditions of quality service and support to families in their time of need. Scott brings to the business his experience in the funeral profession that includes a period with major funeral companies in Inverness and Aberdeen. Scott will benefit from hands-on support from his co-directors Pete O’Neill and Gordon Fergusson, who together, bring a number of years’ experience in the funeral profession.

John McLellans remain one of Lochaber’s oldest businesses and is still an independently owned company, whose reputation in the community is built on a long tradition of personal service, spanning over 90 years.

As Professional Funeral Directors, the company is a member of the National Association of Funeral Directors and abides by their strict codes of practice.

John McLellan’s remain committed to providing the highest standards of care and service in the Lochaber area.

               “ Caring for the deceased and the bereaved since 1923 ”

Whatever you choose, John McLellan & Co are committed to ensuring that your wishes are carried out to the highest standard.