A MUCH-LOVED community campaigner from Tranent has died at the age of 85.
Jimmy Ross played an active role in a number of local groups and was a founding member of Tranent and Elphinstone community council, where he acted as chairman for more than 20 years.
He was also the first ever chairman of Tranent Day Care Centre and served for many years as treasurer of Tranent Gala, as well as heading up local projects Carefree Kids and Recycling First.
Colleagues, family and friends paid tribute to a “stalwart of the community” and a “lovely man” devoted to his wife, children and wider family.
A statement from his family said Mr Ross’s passing would leave “Tranent, and the world, a poorer place”.
They said: “A great many people in and around Tranent will – rightly – remember Jimmy Ross as a stalwart of the community; a man who devoted countless hours to projects as diverse as the initial fundraising for the Tranent Swimming Pool, organising the Tranent Gala, his work on the community council or for helping establish the Tranent Day Care Centre.
“There are even those who may remember Jimmy Ross for having lightened their pockets in the East Lothian Justices of the Peace Court.
“We, his family, remember an altogether different Jimmy Ross: a man with a mischievous wit, a man of infinite kindness and generosity, and a man whose rum-laced coffees were the stuff of legend.
“Jimmy was, above all, a loving and devoted family man who was ever-supportive of his two daughters, Sandra and Ann, who was devoted to his granddaughter Katie, his sister Lily and to his extended family.
“Having curtailed his community activities in order to nurse his wife Rena through her final illness, it is perhaps ironic that this was the time that his own health began to fail.
“He remained, to the best of his abilities, that same supportive and generous man we had all known and loved. Even as his physical strength declined he was, to the very end, a good listener and a font of common-sense advice. While Jimmy Ross will be sorely missed, his family and friends will be sustained by their memories of a warm, generous, humorous man whose passing leaves the community of Tranent, and the world, a poorer place.”
Councillor Kenny McLeod, who represents the Fa’side ward, said Mr Ross had “time for everybody and was one of a kind”.
He said: “Jimmy was a great community man and a well-known person to everybody in Tranent.
“He was a really nice guy – a really nice man. A stalwart of the community.”
Mr Ross is understood to have died from a short illness shortly after his wife Rena passed away.
His funeral was held on Wednesday at Tranent Parish Church.