Former Aberdeen Lord Provost James Wyness has died aged 85, council officials have confirmed.
James Wyness CBE was the city’s first citizen between 1992 and 1996 and his former council colleagues paid tribute to him at a council meeting today.
The civic flag is to fly at half mast as a mark of respect.
Mr Wyness worked as a shipyard electrician but had to give it up after suffering injuries when he fell from a mast.
He graduated from Aberdeen University in the early 1970s and became a history teacher.
Mr Wyness worked as a teacher Hazlehead Academy until his retirement in 1995 – the same year he was awarded a CBE,
He was the Lord Provost when Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev, former President of the Soviet Union, received the Freedom on Aberdeen on 06 December 1993.
At today’s meeting, Cllr Jenny Laing said: “It is a very sad day. It is clear that James gave a great commitment to the city.
“He also gave great commitment to the Labour Party and the Labour movement.
“We can look back on the legacy that he’s left and the fact that he was an inspiration to people in the Labour party and out with.
“When he retired from his civic office he continued to work for the city of Aberdeen and that was always his passion.
“His wife Lys was a great strength to him.”
Cllr John Reynolds: “I had the privilege of knowing him since 1986.
“I became Lord Provost in 2003 and the advice James and Lys gave my wife and I went down a treat.
“It was absolutely fantastic advice they gave us and, without that advice, I probably would have made many mistakes in my time in office.
“We’re really sad that James has passed away. He served his community to the bitter end.”
In a statement, the current Lord Provost of Aberdeen Barney Crockett said: “Jim was a wonderful person, who was dedicated to his family and the city of Aberdeen.
“As a local councillor and as lord provost he was held in high regard by all at the council – his peers, staff and political opponents.
“He was a proud Aberdonian, whose interest in the city’s history and heritage never waned.
“As a former lord provost Jim gave me great words of encouragement and support when I became lord provost for which I will always be grateful.
“My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time.”