Tributes have been paid to a “tireless” Glenrothes councillor who has died suddenly.
Betty Campbell, representative for Glenrothes West and Kinglassie, passed away on Thursday evening at her home in the town’s Dornoch Place.
Mrs Campbell, a local councillor for the Labour Party since 2007, was well known across the area, particularly for her interest in helping the town’s older residents.
As news of her death emerged, colleagues from across the political divide paid their tributes.
Altany Craik, the chairman of the Glenrothes area committee of which Councillor Campbell attended a meeting just last week, said: “I am truly saddened at Betty’s unexpected death.
“She will be sorely missed by family, friends, colleagues and constituents alike.
“A tireless worker for those in our community and hugely respected, she made a difference in so many lives. At this point our thoughts are with her family.”
The committee’s vice-chairman, councillor Ian Sloan, said he would retain fond memories of his party colleague.
“She was a very good and experienced councillor,” he said. “She will be a big loss to the town.”
Ambulance crews were seen outside Councillor Campbell’s home in the South Parks area of the town at around 9pm on Thursday.
Police were also in attendance, as is always the case for a sudden death. However, they confirmed to The Courier yesterday that there are no suspicious circumstances.
SNP councillor Bill Brown, a fellow representative for Glenrothes West and Kinglassie, paid tribute to his ward colleague. “Betty was a lovely lady who worked really hard for her constituents,” he said.
“She was friendly to all councillors, regardless of party. We will all miss her.”
Councillor Campbell was known as a champion for older people in Glenrothes and highlighted issues of loneliness and the difficulty experienced by pensioners during cold weather.
She also served on Fife’s licensing board for a number of years.
The depute leader of Fife Council, councillor Lesley Laird, said: “Betty has served the Glenrothes West and Kinglassie area since May 2007 and was a well known and respected councillor. She was also a much-loved colleague within the Labour group and well known to many staff across the council.
“Betty will be sadly missed, and our thoughts and prayers at this time are with her family and friends.”
Lindsay Roy, local MP, added: “Betty was warm-hearted and down to earth and had a real passion for helping others.”