A CLOSE friend and colleague has paid tribute to the former council leader John Morrison this week following his recent tragic death.
Margaret Stirling (57), who used to live in Bearsden, worked in the same department as Mr Morrison at Glasgow City Council for about 20 years.
She got to know him very well because they travelled on the same train to work every day and they would chat during the journey.
Margaret, a retired a manager of the community council resource centre, says he never forgot his roots, never boasted and remained down to earth throughout his career.
She said: “His death is absolutely tragic - he was a great guy.
“I can’t believe that something like this could happen to a man of his stature.
“John really believed in democracy, education and justice and got involved in lots of local campaigns.
“He was a great supporter of community councils and he was on Boclair Academy’s school board.
“His experience and dedication, especially for housing issues, will be sorely missed.
“John also had a great sense of humour and a fun personality.
“He was a man of the people and would have made a great MP.
“His death is a great loss to us all.”
Mr Morrison was found unconscious near St Enoch Square in Glasgow in the early hours of Saturday, December 22 following a night out with work mates.
The 50-year-old, from Milngavie, was rushed to the Royal Infirmary but died shortly after arrival.
Darren Murphy (25) who is alleged to have punched Mr Morrison in the head causing severe injury, appeared in court last Monday and was released on bail.
Mr Morrison, a Liberal Democrat, was leader of East Dunbartonshire Council from 2003 to 2007 and worked as a legal manager for Glasgow City Council.
He lived with his partner David Evans (44) in Oakburn Avenue and leaves behind his 21-year-old daughter, Kirsty.