Falkirk’s legal community has been left stunned by the sudden death after a short illness of one of its members.
Gerard Brophy (52), who ran his own firm in the town centre, died last Thursday.
He qualified as a solicitor in 1986 and for many years operated an office in Cockburn Street, before moving to Lint Riggs.
It is understood he became ill towards the end of last year and more recently spent time in Strathcarron Hospice.
He is survived by his wife Carol.
Paying tribute on behalf of the Falkirk Faculty of Solicitors, Gordon Addison said: “We were shocked and saddened to lose a trusted friend and colleague so suddenly after a short illness.
“His presence in court will be very much missed by all those colleagues appearing in Falkirk.”
Mr Addison said the faculty had been complimented by the Law Society of Scotland for the help its members had given to Mr Brophy’s clients and two local firms had taken on his caseload.
A founder member of Concerned Communities of Falkirk, Mr Brophy, who lived in Larbert, was opposed to the Dart Energy plannning application for methane gas extraction in Airth. He worked tirelessly and gave of his services free to the campaign.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Maria Montinaro said everyone was saddened by Mr Brophy’s sudden death.
She said: “We wish to commend his courage and efforts in raising awareness of communities’ concerns relating to the extraction of unconventional gas in Scotland.
‘‘His legal input and commitment to the campaign to protect Scottish communities, given his own personal family and work commitments, has been exemplary.
“CCoF would like to extend our sincere sympathies to his wife Carol, family, friends and colleagues.
‘‘We hope Gerard is now at peace and that Falkirk communities will be blessed by all his endeavours.”