Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford councillor Joanna Strathdee has passed away following a long battle with cancer.
SNP Cllr Strathdee was First elected in 1999, she stood as the party’s Westminster candidate in Gordon in 2005 and Aberdeen North in 2010.
She also served as the SNP group leader on Aberdeenshire Council.
A statement from Aberdeenshire West SNP said: “Saddened to hear of the passing of Councillor Joanna Strathdee after her courageous battle with cancer.
“Joanna was dedicated to her job, her politics and, most of all, her family, and our thoughts are very much with Mike, Mandy, Jenny, Nicola and the extended family at this sad time.”
MSP for Aberdeenshire West Dennis Robertson said: “She was one of the most hard working and passionate people I have had the pleasure to work with.
“Joanna supported me in so many different ways and her friendship has been so important to me over the years. She will be so deeply missed by everyone who has known her.
“To Mike, Mandy, Jennifer and Nicola – Joanna was a gem and you were the people who made her happiest. May she rest in peace.”
Alex Salmond MP for Gordon has also paid a warm tribute to Councillor Strathdee.
He said: “Joanna was an exceptional councillor and an extraordinary human being. Totally dedicated to her beloved town of Huntly, she gave unstinting support to her community and party.
“I’m proud to say that Joanna was my proposer in the recent general election and in my forthcoming published election diaries I attribute the remarkable support the SNP enjoyed in Huntly to the high regard in which she was held as local councillor.
“I called in to see Joanna recently at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary and instead of finding her in the ward I met her being wheeled out into an ambulance as she was totally determined to get back to Huntly for the weekend. This was a lady of courage and conviction and she will be missed by family, friends and colleagues to whom she was a constant source of inspiration.”