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Tributes are paid following death of Highland councillor

By Scott Maclennan

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The late Councillor Ian Ramon.
The late Councillor Ian Ramon.

Tributes have been paid to Councillor Ian Ramon who died last Thursday.

It is understood that he had been in poor health for some time.

Councillor Ramon was elected as Scottish Conservative member to serve the Fort William and Ardnamurchan ward in 2017. He also sat on the Lochaber and Communities and Place Committees.

Highland Council convener Bill Lobban paid tribute, saying: “Ian was a well-respected member of Highland Council and he will be sorely missed by fellow members. His keen input into our debates was much appreciated.

“Unfortunately, due to the pandemic, I had not seen him personally for quite some time but in better times our joint interest in lighthouses was always extremely interesting.

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

The leader of the Scottish Conservative group, Councillor Andrew Jarvie, said: “This news comes as such a shock to all of us. He was an incredible man who always seemed to bounce back and was eager to get back to council meetings.

"As an immensely popular local man, Ian will be missed not just by all of us in the Scottish Conservative group but by a great many on the peninsula and across the Highlands.

"I can only express my deepest sorrow with his family at this sudden and difficult news."

Councillor Ramon's death means there will be another by-election – the third this year.

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