Tributes have been paid to Glenrothes Councillor Betty Campbell who passed away unexpectedly at her home on Thursday evening.
The 76-year-old Labour Party councillor represented ward 14 Glenrothes West and Kinglassie since she was elected in May 2007.
Glenrothes and Central Fife MP Lindsay Roy said the town had lost a “true champion”.
He added: “Betty was warm-hearted and down to earth, and had a real passion for helping others. I think that was the main reason she became a councillor – she wanted to help others and make a difference.
“For Betty, it was about what she could put in to the job, not what she could get out of it, and she achieved that wonderfully well.”
Fellow Labour councillor Altany Craik, who shared a ward with her said: “I am truly saddened at her unexpected death.
“A tireless worker for those in our community and hugely respected, she made a difference in so many lives.”
Depute Provost Kay Morrison told the Gazette: “Betty was a conscientious and assiduous councillor she cared with every fibre of her being about her constituents.”
Glenrothes councillor Ian Sloan said Betty’s death had left a large void in the community and within Fife Council.
“She was very much a “people person” who went out of her way to help wherever possible, she brought integrity and devotion to her position as a ward councillor.”
Leader of the opposition, SNP councillor Peter Grant said: “She was widely respected in the ward as someone who always did her best for anyone who asked for her help.”
A by-election will now take place within the next three months with a date to be decided in the coming weeks.
Well known face to many across the Council
Councillor Lesley Laird, Fife Council depute leader, also paid tribute saying: “It is with much sadness that we have learned that Cllr Betty Campbell has died.
“Betty was a well known and respected councillor and was also a much loved colleague within the Labour group as well as being well known to many staff across the council.
“Betty will be sadly missed, and our thoughts and prayers at this time are with Betty’s family and friends.”