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Heart­felt tributes to Tommy El­liot, lo­cal leg­end and driv­ing in­struc­tor to hun­dreds, were posted on our Face­book page this week after his fam­ily spoke to the Len­nox Her­ald.

Tommy, 74, sadly passed away fol­low­ing a short ill­ness. He worked as a driv­ing in­struc­tor lo­cally for three decades.

Caro­line Fraser said: “He was a bril­liant driv­ing in­struc­tor and filled me with the con­fi­dence I needed to pass my test but above that he was one of the loveli­est men I’ve met.

“RIP Tommy and love to all your fam­ily xxx.”

Joe Nee­son said: “One of life’s good guys - so much re­spect for this man. RIP Tommy.”

Anne Marie Wat­son Hotchkiss added: “Lovely trib­ute to a lovely man. “Thoughts and prayers are with the fam­ily.”

Tracey Bon­ner posted: “Great driv­ing in­struc­tor. Lovely piece in the Len­nox xxx.”

Margaret El­liott-Docherty said: “So proud to call Thomas my brother Love you and miss you. Til we meet again you are in my heart xx.”

Dun­can Mckel­lar added: “Al­ways had time for me when I was start­ing out - lovely guy who will be sadly missed.”

Marie Terese Gar­diner added: “Best driv­ing in­struc­tor.

“Used to al­ways talk about his fam­ily when on my lessons. RIP Tommy.”

Cather­ine d’Es­pagnac added: “A beau­ti­ful ac­co­lade to a true gen­tle­man. “May his gen­tle soul rest in peace.” Stephen Watt said: “Top lad and al­ways ap­pre­ci­ate him get­ting me through my driv­ing test. ‘Most ner­vous driver I ever met’, he once said but he still got me through it.”

Kirsty Smith added: “Such a shame, he got me through my test 13 years ago and got my mum through her 30 years ago thoughts and prayers are with Tommy’s fam­ily and friends. So sad xxx.”

Irene Cameron said: “I went to his fu­neral what a turnout shows how much he was thought of xx.”

Anne El­liott Dyer said: “How very blessed and proud we are in all that he achieved. He will be sorely missed al­ways.”

Tommy’s daugh­ter Chris­tine Ken­ney said: “A lovely trib­ute to my Dad. “He would have been so proud.” Wendy Campbell replied: “Sorry for your loss.

“Tommy took me on after I had failed driv­ing test twice with an­other in­struc­tor.

“He built my con­fi­dence and I passed my test with him. “He was the best.” Rest in peace, Tommy.

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