Tributes paid to Councillor Charles Kennedy

Charles Kennedy
Charles Kennedy

Tributes have been paid to a dedicated councillor who has tragically lost his battle with cancer.

Councillor Charles Kennedy (63) passed away on Friday, July 13.

The campaigning councillor, who was a member of the East Dunbartonshire Independent Alliance group, spent his life fighting for his community and constituents.

Councillor Kennedy was one of the longest serving members on East Dunbartonshire Council and was involved in a number of high-profile campaigns including the fight to save Stobhill General Hospital.

Independent councillor Duncan Cumming said: “I was very saddened to learn of the death of Charles.

“I had known him for over nine years and he was a man of great vigour and conviction.

“He put his constituents before anything else and always had their best interests at heart.

“Charles was a thoroughly decent man of great integrity. The council and the council chamber will never be the same again.”

Councillor Ian Mackay, leader of the council’s SNP group, said: “It was with a great sadness I learned of the death of my colleague Councillor Charles Kennedy.

“Charlie was a formidable adversary and a great ally who never took political rivalry out of the council chamber, a sign of a mature and decent human being.

“There is no doubt the council will be a poorer, duller place by his absence in debates and the lack of his many heartfelt stories about the plight of his constituents.

“On behalf of the SNP group on the council can I extend our deepest sympathy to his family and friends in the sure knowledge that he will be remembered for years to come.”

Council leader Rhondda Geekie said: “Charles was a dedicated councillor who worked tirelessly for his constituents and for both Strathkelvin Council and East Dunbartonshire Council.

“He will be deeply missed by all who knew him and worked with him.

“Our thoughts and condolences are with his family and friends at this sad time.”

Councillor Ashay Ghai, leader of the council’s Liberal Democrat group, said: “Councillor Charles Kennedy was a highly dedicated public servant who worked tirelessly for those he represented.

“He possessed authority and passion in abundance and when Charles spoke people listened.

“I wish to express my sadness and condolences to his family, friends and the many others who rightly held him in such high regard.”

East Dunbartonshire MP Jo Swinson said: “Councillor Kennedy was committed to working hard to try and help the residents he served, campaigning tirelessly on their behalf, as well as on wider issues such as fighting for Stobhill Hospital.

“We have lost a dedicated councillor who served our community for many years. I send my deepest condolences to his family and friends.”

Councillor Kennedy, who represented the Campsie and Kirkintilloch North ward, was laid to rest on Tuesday (July 17) in Campsie Cemetery, Lennoxtown, following a Requiem Mass in St Paul’s R.C. Church, in his home village of Milton of Campsie.