On Friday 7th January 1938, Dr John Cowan Wilson passed away. He died at his residence, Parkville, Blantyre after a short illness which had confined him to his home since the week before. On that day the doctor had made his usual visits throughout Blantyre, though for some time before that day, had at times been confined indoors for a few days.
His death came a great surprise to his family, as it was thought he was again making a good recovery. Dr. Wilson was a native of Newarthill and took over the practice at Blantyre in 1885. In 1935 he received a handsome testimonial from the public of Blantyre on having attained his jubilee as a practitioner in the parish. Dr. Wilson, who was 74 had a large and extensive practice and was much admired. His skill in medicine was well known throughout the district, and his professional duties took him over a much wider area than Blantyre. He was survived by his widow and two sons. The memorial Arch in the public park is in his memory.