Tributes have been paid to a Perthshire councillor described as “Mr Bridge of Earn”.
Councillor Alan Jack served the Almond and Earn ward for 14 years, after initially standing as a Conservative and then as an independent member from 2013.
He had been ill for some time prior to his death at the weekend.
Several Perth and Kinross councillors paid tribute to the 76-year-old, who lived in Bridge of Earn and was first elected in 1999.
Fellow ward councillor Henry Anderson said Mr Jack would be “sadly missed” by local residents and those in the surrounding area.
“Alan had served the Almond and Earn area for 14 years,” he said.
“I had worked with him on the Earn Community Council he was very involved in Bridge of Earn and chaired quite a few of the committees there. This quite rightly earned him the title ‘Mr Bridge of Earn’.
“He will be a sad loss to the area and my thoughts are with his family at this time.”
Councillor Alan Livingston, who also represents Almond and Earn, said Mr Jack “championed the individual”.
“Alan was above all things a thoroughly decent human being,” he said.
“He had an obvious care for people and gave himself to add value to the life and experience of others.
“Over more than a few years as a councillor in Bridge of Earn and then the large ward of Almond and Earn, he devoted himself to planning issues and also individual case work.
“Alan championed the individual and many of the ward challenges were resolved by his knowledge and perseverance.”
Councillor Mac Roberts described Mr Jack as “a local champion”, who stood up for his constituents.
“He was a councillor of long standing,” he said.
“I was aware that he had been unwell for some time but was surprised and saddened to hear that he had passed away at the weekend,” said Mr Roberts.
“Alan was a well-liked councillor who was a gentleman of the old school but always had a twinkle in his eye and a very dry sense of humour.”
Councillor Alistair Munro, leader of the Labour group on Perth and Kinross Council, said: “As a new councillor in 2012, I certainly benefited from the knowledge and experience he had gained from his years of service to his community.”
Provost Liz Grant confirmed the council flag at 2 High Street, Perth, has been lowered to half-mast.
Mr Jack had served on a number of council committees including the former development control.
He also represented the local authority on the Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership (Tactran) and the Perth and Kinross Leisure Executive Committee.