TRIBUTE has been paid to a legendary Inverclyde speaker and Robert Burns enthusiast who has passed away.

Greenock Burns Club stalwart Jack Glenny died peacefully at Inverclyde Royal Hospital on December 15.

Jack was a well-known and popular figure locally through his long association with Greenock Buns Club, the Church of Scotland and the Freemasons.

He was a past president of the Burns Club and was later made honorary president in recognition of his devotion to the organisation and passion for the work of 'The Bard'.

Jack was also a moderator of the Presbytery of Greenock and Paisley and a former master of Lodge Greenock Kilwinning NoXII.

During his time in the masons, he was founding president of the lodge's own Burns club.

Alan Beck, the current president of Greenock Burns Club, said: "Jack embodied all that is good and true about the Burns movement. "He was, in the truest sense, a friend of the poet, and the movement will be far poorer for his passing."

Jack's love of 'The Bard' took him overseas, including to Canada on several occasions.

In 2010 he was awarded honorary life membership of the Edmonton Burns Club, pictured, in appreciation of his long service to the group.

His public speaking talents also took him to the Scottish Parliament.

Alan said: "If ever a man could confidently own the adjective 'much-beloved', it was Jack. "His charm, wit, grace and honesty were renowned and much in evidence to all who met him. "His knowledge of Burns was tremendous and this, combined with his natural humour and his many stories, drawn from his many interesting and varied life-strands, made him a thoroughly engaging after-dinner speaker, proving with consummate ease that speeches can be hilarious - and clean at the same time. "As a reader of the Church of Scotland, Jack conducted services around the country and in 2009, he was very honoured to be invited to address the Scottish Parliament at their 'time for reflection', which is held at the beginning of each new session.

"As club bard, Jack was called upon to write poetry to illustrate various important items in 'The Mother Club' calendar and we always looked forward immensely to his work which would adorn our annual celebration programmes. "His death coming only a matter of days after the passing of our past director of music, Ian McCrorie, means the club and the whole of Inverclyde has lost two towering figures, whose achievements and contributions cannot be understated."

Christened John Clarke Glenny, he was better known as Jack and in his professional life worked as HM Inspector of Customs in Greenock and in his leisure time was a former president of Dunrod Angling Club.

Jack was a beloved husband of Elizabeth, devoted father of Calum and Andrew, father-in-law of Julie and Christine, much-loved grandfather of Sarah and Bruce and brother of 70 years to Alistair.

His funeral took place at St Margaret's Church in Finch Road, Greenock, where a large attendance paid their respects.