He was Scotland's answer to Lennie from Of Mice and Men ... and in death he found love and redemption
IT was a cold, bright, Monday afternoon when dozens of strangers gathered to say goodbye to a man they never knew.
They filed in to St Simon’s church in Glasgow’s West End last Monday to commemorate the life of a man who has been described as Scotland's version of the silent, sad, lost, but much loved, character Lennie from the acclaimed John Steinbeck novel Of Mice and Men.
The man was Ian Neilson. He had spent at least two decades of his life as an elective mute, choosing not to speak and instead using hand signals if he needed to communicate with anyone.
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