Tributes have been paid to a former councillor described as a “true gentleman” after he passed away aged 86.
George Swapp, who lived in Stonehaven, was first elected to Grampian Regional Council in 1986 and continued representing his constituents with Aberdeenshire Council.
Born in Borneo in 1931, Mr Swapp returned to the family’s home town of Stonehaven in 1933.
While he was posted at RAF Waddington, George married the love of his life Eva, who he had met at school.
The couple would go on to have four children – Gordon, Lesley, Susan and Murray.
Mr Swapp received an OBE for his RAF service in 1984.
In a tribute to her husband, Eva said: “He was a true gentleman and a very intelligent man. Just sitting around was not enough for him.
“He was incredibly energetic and we were very keen walkers – it was a hobby we shared with our children. The two of us walked the West Highland Way when we were in our 70s.
“George was a real family man and loved his children.”
Gordon added: “Because he was so clever, everyone wanted to be on his team during Christmas quizzes because he always seemed to know the answer to everything.
“He had a youthful spirit – at heart he was always a young person.”
In 1986, Mr Swapp was elected to Grampian Regional Council and was councillor for Stonehaven and Mearns North, first as a member of the Conservative Party and later as an independent candidate.
After 21 years as a councillor, he retired from the role.
However, he remained an active member of the Stonehaven community and was involved in many local causes, including the Friends of the Stonehaven Open Air Swimming Pool, the Stonehaven Heritage Society and Dunnottar Woodland Park Management Committee.
Mr Swapp also wrote two books about Stonehaven – Dunnottar Woods and House, and Stonehaven Street Names.
A service of thanksgiving for his life will be held at 11am on Thursday at Stonehaven’s Fetteresso Church.