It was Tom's funeral today. Obviously, a very solemn occasion ... but also a day full of fulsome tributes from many, many colleagues, friends and family.
Very hard to sum up such occasions - so I'll just post the link to the very fitting obituary that Martin Hannan wrote in The Scotsman last week ... here ... and paste below the few words that my colleague Steve Cardownie, and myself, released on hearing of Tom's death.
Steve also spoke really well at the funeral today - never an easy task.
Councillor Tom Buchanan
Published Wednesday 3 April 2013
"Tom was incredibly hard working as well, always the first in and the last out of the office, but you could see how much he enjoyed it. Having worked with him for nearly six years I can say that he became a firm friend to me, and to many others, as well as a colleague. He will be very much missed by all of us and the city as a whole, but we hope that his work will have a fitting legacy in a proposed scholarship fund for Edinburgh's young people."
Cllr Andrew Burns, Council Leader, added: "Like everyone at the Council, I'm deeply saddened to hear of Tom's death. My thoughts, and the thoughts of all those who worked with him, are with his family and friends at this very difficult time. Tom brought relentless energy and enthusiasm to his role as Economic Development Convener, particularly to the Council’s Strategy for Jobs. He was incredibly passionate about this, especially when it came to creating opportunities for young people, and he will rightly be remembered for it."