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Tributes paid to influential community leader

By Kyle Ritchie

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Tributes have been paid to a stalwart of the Portsoy community who spearheaded the success of the town's Scottish Traditional Boat Festival.

Roger Goodyear, who was 74, after a short illness with cancer at Roxburghe House in Aberdeen on Thursday.

Mr Goodyear was influential in making the festival the global event it has become, which draws tens of thousands of people to the town.

Roger Goodyear passed away on Thursday after a short illness with cancer.
Roger Goodyear passed away on Thursday after a short illness with cancer.

He was also involved with a number of other projects in the town through his co-chairman role with Portsoy Community Enterprise.

Paying tribute Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson said: “Roger Goodyear was a stalwart of the community, who was passionate about the local area and showing off all that was great in Banffshire and beyond.

“I was terribly sorry to hear of his passing and I would like to express my deepest condolences to his wife, June, family and friends.

"I recently nominated Roger to succeed Claire Russell when she retired as Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire. It was a testament to how capable Roger was.

“I thoroughly enjoyed working alongside Roger, who was never afraid to keep me in check. His passing will be a great loss to the community.”

Mr Goodyear was awarded a MBE in 2015 for his services to tourism in Banffshire. He was also Vice-Lord Lieutenant of Banffshire.

He was originally from Troon and worked in marketing during his career.

He is survived by his wife June, four children and six grandchildren.

Banff and District councillor Glen Reynolds said: "Roger leaves behind him a legacy rich in community initiatives and support.

“The boat festival is of course, an enduring testament to his connection with Portsoy and its people.

"Community participation was core to what made Roger tick and little happened without his input, lovingly offered and greatly appreciated.

"To state that he and his voluntary work will be missed fails to do justice to the enormity of all he poured himself into for the benefit of others."

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