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A POPULAR Duntocher man who died suddenly has been immortalised with a touching community tribute.

Thomas Wood, 54, had spent months supervising a team of convicts doing community service as they built a new path on Beeches Road.

But after his tragic and unexpected death on Saturday May 19 it was proposed the path - paid for by the Central Scotland Green Network using materials from the council - should be named in his honour.

At an emotional ceremony on Monday, Thomas's partner Michelle and sister Freida helped Clydebank MSP Gil Paterson officially open the route.

Iain White, Vice President of the Rotary Club of Allander, which co-ordinated the work, said the path was a fitting tribute to an irreplaceable member of the Duntocher community. He said: "We asked his partner and family if they would like the path dedicated to him and named the Thomas Wood path and they agreed. In fact they were delighted by it.

"Thomas came from a well known Duntocher family. He was multi-talented and multi-skilled and will be a very hard man to replace.

"He was a very willing and enthusiastic member of the team. He was a lovely person and he was particularly interested in the path because he was a Duntocher man.

"The path is something that has been greatly appreciated by the people of Duntocher because it's a short cut. Before, it was totally impassable."

Gil Paterson added: "This was a desperately sad day for Tom's family but gratifying that those responsible for the path took the instant decision to name it after Tom."

2012-05-28 Thomas Wood - Clydebank Post

Tam Wood in his Greenhouse

Photograph: Bill Freeland