Provost of Fife, Jim Leishman said: “I am so very sad to hear of former councillor Willie Clarke’s passing. On behalf of Fife Council, I would like to pay tribute to his tireless work on behalf of his local community.
“Willie was first elected as a councillor in May 1973, and then served the public for over 43 years. Over the decades he campaigned for investment in schools and community facilities, always concerned with people’s welfare.
“He was a passionate champion of Lochore Meadows or ‘the meedies’, and in 2018 the new visitor centre was named after him – a tribute that I’m pleased he was able to see.
“Our thoughts are with his family and friends at this difficult time.”
Mr Clarke served on a range of committees during his time as a Fife councillor: Education, Social and Community Development, West Area Services and Regulation. Latterly he chaired the Cowdenbeath Area Committee.