Tributes paid to ‘sorley missed’ MSP

Bryan Adam MSP
Bryan Adam MSP
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Tributes have been paid to a “true friend of Scotland” after Aberdeen Donside MSP Brian Adam passed away from cancer this week.

The funeral for the late MSP will be on Friday (May 3) at 12:30pm. The service will be held at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints on North Anderson Drive in Aberdeen.

Mr Adam died peacefully at home on Thursday (Apri 25) after a hard fought battle with the disease.

In lieu of flowers, donation boxes will be available for the Middlefield Community Project; and Drugs Action – two organisations which Mr Adam supported over his years of service.

Mr Adam lived in Aberdeen and served as a constituency MSP for Aberdeen Donside, having been first elected to Holyrood as a list member in 1999.

His funeral is expected to be attended by friends and colleagues from across the political divide.

First Minister Alex Salmond last week led the tributes to Mr Adam - a former minister and SNP chief whip - describing him as “an exceptional MSP”. His remarks were echoed by leaders from the opposition parties.

Commenting, a spokesman for Mr Adam’s family stated: “We have been deeply touched by all of the messages of sympathy and acts of kindness during this difficult time. It has been remarkable to see just how many lives Brian touched.

“Since we hope that Friday can be a suitable celebration of Brian’s life and legacy, we politely request that mourners avoid sombre attire.”

Banchory and Mid- Deeside Councillor Linda Clark also paid tribute to her party colleague, calling him a “true friend of Scotland”: “If we had a thousand Brian Adams then we would have had independence a long time ago. He was respected right across the party divides and was a true friend of Scotland.

“On a personal note; he was very kind to us when we worked with him over the years. When you were in his company he would make you feel special. He will be sorley missed.”

The death of the father-of-five will trigger a by-election in Aberdeen.