Tributes paid to community councillor

TRIBUTES have been paid this week to Portlethen Community Council Secretary Bill Griffiths, who died suddenly last Friday aged 71.

Mr Griffiths, who lived at Bayview, Downies Village, had been secretary of the community council for 15 years, and helped to ressurrect the body four years ago.

It is thought that Mr Griffiths suffered a heart attack.

Fellow community councillor Dorothy Main paid tribute to Bill, describing him as a “lovely man”. She said: “Firstly, all of us have been completely shocked and taken aback by this news and we are all so very sorry for his family. It’s very sad. Bill’s death will be a huge loss in many ways.

“He was a very conscientious secretary and a really hard worker. But he was also a lovely man and very kind. He was a very nice, friendly man and he was genuinely interested in everything he did.”

Next week’s community council meeting has been cancelled out of respect for Mr Griffiths and his family.

Mr Griffiths was well known in Portlethen for his community work, and was involved in several other community projects in the town and surrounding area over the years, including helping to set up a citizens advice bureau in Portlethen.

North Kincardine Councillor Ian Mollison said: “Bill’s untimely death will be a great loss to the area. He did a power of work behind the scenes, not only for the community council but also for the Citizens Advice Bureau and other organisations.”

Mr Griffiths was born at Kiltarlity, near Beauly, and graduated in civil engineering from Strathclyde University.

He worked in the roads department of the former Grampian Regional Council and then in IT with the roads division of Aberdeenshire Council. He is survived by his wife Aileen (68), two sons and two daughters.