A North-east department store closed for the day as a mark of respect for its chairman.
Mike Stephen was “influential” in helping to set up Celebrations of Turriff in 1994, with the Main Street shop becoming a mainstay of the town.
The 76-year-old, who died earlier this month, was also known for the key role he played with the Grampian Food Group.
He was managing director at the multi-million pound firm and, alongside chairman Fred Duncan, turned the business into one of the UK’s biggest companies before he retired in 1998.
Mr Stephen grew up in Lhanbryde, where his father was a minister in the 1940s, and went on to work on farms in the Keith and Huntly areas before meeting his wife, Myra.
The couple went on to have two children, Linda and Robert, before settling down in Turriff in 1970.
Mr Stephen’s son Robert, who runs Celebrations, said his father always knew what he wanted when it came to business.
He added: “He was the chairman of the company and it’s very much a family business.”