Mearns Cllr George Carr has said that the Royal Burgh of Inverbervie has lost a real champion in Willie Beattie who died at the age of 91.
Mr Beattie was heavily involved with the community and a member of the Inverbervie Probus club.
Cllr Carr said: “Willie Beattie was a real character and his shop on the main street was synonymous with Inverbervie.
“Generations had shopped there and done business while at the same time seeking advice, or to discuss issues of the day with Willie. He was a stalwart of the local Church and Choir, Probus, Herd Centre, Heritage society and associated with a string of local organisations and groups over his life.
“Many of us, including myself would seek out the advice of Willie on Bervie matters. You always knew you would get a no nonsense response, often with some history thrown in as well as what should be done, but always displaying his common sense and good judgement.
“He will be very much missed and our thoughts are very much with his family and very many friends and colleagues at this time.”
Our Inverbervie correspondent Caroll Evans added that Willie was always supportive of local events.
She said: “Willie Beattie was one of those local characters that everyone knew and respected, a hard working family man who played a big part in our community.
“Generous to local groups and committees and always supportive of local events throughout the Royal Burgh and will be extremely missed by all who knew him.”