First Minister Alex Salmond led tributes following the death of leading North-east businessman Maitland Mackie on Saturday.
The ice-cream tycoon died aged 76 at the family home at Westertown, Rothienorman, just three months after being diagnosed with a brain tumour.
Mr Mackie’s Norwegian-born wife of 52 years, Haldis, died in February.
As chairman of Mackie’s of Scotland, he saw the ice-cream business become an international operation.
Mr Mackie was rector of Aberdeen University and vice-chairman of the National Farmers Union of Scotland. He also chaired the former Scottish Agricultural College and the Rowett Research Institute, among other organisations.
The businessman was a keen supporter of renewable energy, particularly wind power.
He was also a Liberal Democrat candidate in the first Grampian Regional Council elections in 1975, and for the Scottish Parliament in 1999.
Politicians, colleagues, the farming community and lifelong friends paid tribute.
Mr Salmond, Aberdeenshire East MSP, said: “Maitland brought wit, colour and energy to everything he did.
“His highly successful company made him one of the best-known business figures in the North-east and beyond but his interests extended further than that.”
Cabinet Secretary for Rural Affairs Richard Lochhead said: “Maitland was very much the driving force in making Mackie’s such a household name and such a successful Scottish company deeply rooted in the North-east.
“He was also a big character in food and agricultural circles with his unique and friendly style.”
Mr Mackie is survived by son Mac, daughters Karin and Kirstin and nine grandchildren.