Yesterday, I was given the sad news that a fellow Angus Councillor had passed away.
SNP Councillor Frank Ellis was an incredibly hard working man. He was a talented debater and able to cut to the quick of any argument, usually landing some hard blows, always with deft good humour and absolute professionalism.
I always had great respect for Frank and although we had our political differences, we also had a substantial amount of common ground too.
He was always an absolute gentleman and would give any help he could to anyone that needed it.
When I was elected, it was Frank that was the first to welcome me to the Council.
I will miss Frank terribly, I learned a lot from him and I owe him a great deal. His passing is a great loss.