>> 24 August 2015
Colleagues of Aberdeenshire Councillor Joanna Strathdee have been paying their tributes to “an outstanding public servant”, following the news that the SNP politician had passed away following a long illness.
Cllr Strathdee, who grew up on her parents' farm in the Huntly area, was elected to represent the Huntly West ward on Aberdeenshire Council at the 1999 and 2003 elections, before being re-elected on to represent the multi-member Huntly, Strathbogie and Howe of Alford ward in 2007 and 2012.
A former SNP Group leader on Aberdeenshire Council, Cllr Strathdee was well known for her love of Harley-Davidson motorcycles and for her enjoyment of Scots music and culture. She also stood for election to the UK Parliament in her home seat of Gordon in 2005, as well as in Aberdeen North in 2010, where she came second.
Paying tribute, Gordon MP and former Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said:
“Totally dedicated to her beloved town of Huntly, she gave unstinting support to her community and party. I'm proud to say that Joanna was my proposer in the recent general election.
“This was a lady of courage and conviction and she will be missed by family, friends and colleagues to whom she was a constant source of inspiration.”
Aberdeenshire Council Co-Leader and SNP Group Leader Cllr Richard Thomson said:
“Joanna battled bravely against her illness for many years but never allowed it to stop her carrying out her duties as a councillor or living her life to the full. The thoughts of all her colleagues in the SNP and in Aberdeenshire Council are with her family right now.”