Written by Scott Campbell.
Published at 12:58 GMT on Saturday, 1st December 2012.
Tributes are given to Maginnis family as Coatbridge Councillor passes away

TRIBUTES have been made from throughout North Lanarkshire after Councillor Tom Maginnis (68) passed away on Thursday while on holiday.


He represented the ward of Coatbridge West, was Convener of Regeneration and Infrastructure Services, Chair of Town Centre Activities Ltd and a Director of Fusion Assets.


Jim Robertson, Provost of North Lanarkshire, led the many tributes to Councillor Maginnis saying: "Tom was a wonderful person, a real man of the people and an outstanding councillor for the people of Coatbridge. He will be hugely missed by so many people and our thoughts are with his family at this sad time."


Councillor Jim McCabe, Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, added: "I am deeply saddened to hear of Tom's death. He was a true friend and colleague and I am proud to have known and worked with him for 17 years.


"He was an outstanding councillor who made a real difference driving forward regeneration projects, improving economic development and championing youth employment and entrepreneurship. My thoughts are with his wife Mary and family at this dreadful time."

Councillor David Stocks, Leader of the SNP group in North Lanarkshire, said: "I just can't believe this news; I'm still in total shock.


"Tom was a great guy and although we disagreed politically I respected his opinions and welcomed his advice. We shared many good times and enjoyed a laugh together, none better than when it came to the old Airdrie/Coatbridge rivalries; all of it good natured.


"On behalf of the SNP group I'd like to send my deepest condolences to Mary and the family."


Gavin Whitefield, Chief Executive of North Lanarkshire Council, said: "This is devastating news. Tom Maginnis was a great man who cared passionately about improving people's lives. He was fiercely proud of his hometown of Coatbridge and worked tirelessly improving the area for the people who lived there.


"This is a great loss to the people of North Lanarkshire, the council and most importantly to his family."


Councillor Maginnis helped to establish and served as Director of Fusion Assets a special purpose vehicle developed by North Lanarkshire Council following the closure of Boots' manufacturing operation in Airdrie.


Fusion Assets works together with private sector partners through establishing joint ventures for the delivery of property development and land reclamation initiatives.


He also Chaired Town Centre Activities Ltd. aimed at regenerating town centres in North Lanarkshire.


Councillor Maginnis was also a member of the Lanarkshire Business Gateway steering group, which provides information and advice to people starting up or growing businesses.

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