Commenting on the news that Pilmar Smith has passed away, Iain Gray MSP said:
“This is terribly sad news. I have known Pilmar as long as I have been in the Labour Party – all my adult life. He was a great public servant, serving as chairman of Lothian Buses for 12 years, helping deliver some of the best public transport anywhere in the UK.
“He was, of course, also a well-known Hearts fan and former club vice-chairman. He will be greatly missed by everyone in East Lothian Labour Party and in his adopted home of North Berwick where he knew everyone.”