By the time you read this, I'll be in Dunfermline at the funeral of one of the first people I ever met in the local Liberal Democrats. Dave Herbert, Councillor for Inverkeithing and Dalgety Bay, passed away last Friday.
Dave was a really clever man. He could explain difficult concepts in a way people could understand, but was never patronising about it. He was gentle and kind and worked so hard. Even when his health was getting worse he'd push himself to make sure he did his best for the people he represented. He was wise and calm and was such a good person to have around. We will miss him so much. The tributes paid to him in this week's Courier show how well he was regarded across the political spectrum.
In 2005, not long after I first met him, he had the good sense to marry Gladys and they have been fabulous together these last almost seven years. Gladys was one of only two people who were name checked in Willie Rennie's speech when he won the Dunfermline by-election. She'd never been involved in politics before, but she just got stuck in and was a very popular member of the front of house team at the by-election and subsequently organised all manner of dinners and fundraising events. She's an amazing woman and my thoughts and love are with her today.