FORMER Inverness Provost and award-winning butcher Bill Fraser has died at Raigmore Hospital at the age of 90. He had taken ill three weeks ago.
Mr Fraser MBE was a prominent figure in the city and served as provost from 1992 to 1996.
He was a director of the city’s business improvement district (Bid) scheme since its inception in 2008.
The business his late father, Duncan, created in 1911 is one of the longest established in Inverness.
Bill Fraser joined the firm after completing his national service. His two sons, Duncan and William, now run the business.
Duncan Fraser said he was hugely proud of his father’s contribution to city life.
Bill Smith, another former city provost, said of his predecessor that he would be very fondly remembered.
He said: "He had the city at heart. He worked extremely hard over man years to keep things on the straight and narrow.
"Bill was totally dedicated and took the utmost care to be absolutely clear about the things before making decisions."
Bid manager Mike Smith said: "I value enormously the phone calls of support we regularly received when he was pleased or concerned about something that was happening in the city centre.
"Our thoughts are with all of his family at this sad time."
Bill Fraser is survived by his wife Margaret, their two sons and daughters Morag and Caroline, nine grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.
His funeral is expected to be held on Wednesday next week. Further details will follow in Friday’s Inverness Courier.
Mr Fraser's death follows that of Allan Sellar, another former city provost who also passed away recently.