A popular Moray businessman who died suddenly last week has been praised for always looking out for others.
Gordon Mayne, 67 was the third generation of his family involved with Maynes Coaches, Buckie.
The firm was founded by his grandad Jimmy Mayne in 1947.
He trained as a welder at Buckie shipyard before joining the firm.
Mr Mayne took over the helm in 1982 after his father Donnie’s death.
Since then he has helped transform the company from a one vehicle business to a modern fleet of 45 coaches employing around 60 staff.
Gordon’s son Kevin Mayne said: “Dad built and steered the firm’s growth over decades to be the company it is today.
“He continued with the policy of regularly buying new vehicles to match customer demands and over the next few years expanded the fleet even further.
“The most unusual purchase he made was a vintage Duple bodied Bedford OB coach identical to the first vehicle purchased in 1947 and still with the company today.”
Kevin and brother David will continue the family tradition of joining the business as the fourth generation.
Mr Mayne added: “The company has always been a family concern and was driven through the last five decades with dad, our late mum Sandra and myself and David who continue to deliver the family ethos of professional service and impeccable presentation and customer service a name recognised across the UK coach industry.”
He was a main sponsor for his beloved Buckie Thistle and attended matches when he could.
Mr Mayne also helped many community groups and people over the years.
Councillor Sonya Warren said: “He was a clever man that did so much for others and will be missed by many.
“The absolute gent was really supportive in many ways for people.”
1st Buckie Boys Brigade captain Alan McIntosh added: “1st Buckie have had a deep rooted long relationship with the Maynes and our thoughts are with the family at this sad time.”
The private funeral will be held on Wednesday at Burnside Cemetery Rathven at 2pm and details about the procession are available on the firm’s Facebook page.