Midlothian provost dies after short illness, aged 67
Adam Montgomery represented Penicuik as a councillor for three decades.
Midlothian's provost has died aged 67 after a short illness.
Adam Montgomery represented Penicuik as a councillor for 31 years on both the Lothian Region and Midlothian councils.
Mr Montgomery was originally from Ayrshire but lived in Penicuik, which he described as his "heart and soul".
Midlothian Council leader Derek Milligan paid tribute to his long-time colleague on Wednesday.
"It is with huge sadness that I have to announce Adam's death. Adam was not only a Labour colleague but a great friend," he said.
"During his three decades as a councillor, he worked tenaciously both for local people in his ward and the wider community in his role as provost.
"His experience, commitment, warmth and enthusiasm and indeed his dry sense of humour will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Karen and three children, Scott, Mairi and Ross."
Mr Montgomery was Midlothian Council leader from 2003 and 2007 and championed the council's affordable house-building programme.
He was also a keen Kilmarnock football supporter and coached Eskmill Boys Club.