A cultured, classy gentleman - and a gentle man as well.
That summed up retired Perthshire golf professional Gordon Kinnoch, who has died at the age of 85 after a battle with cancer.
He passed away peacefully at Blairgowrie Cottage Hospital and the funeral service was held at Perth Crematorium.
Tributes have been paid by PGA professionals, including Gordon’s successor in 1997 at Blairgowrie Golf Club, Charles Dernie, together with one of the multitude of assistants who picked up attributes from their boss, Colin Sinclair at Carnoustie Golf Links.
Originally a BBC engineer in Aberdeen, Gordon was persuaded by Gordon Durward, the Deeside pro at that time, to take up the game professionally, and he began his career with the legendary John Panton at Glenbervie.
And after a couple of years at Haggs Castle in Glasgow, Kinnoch began his 36-year association with the famed Blairgowrie club where he became an honorary member on his retirement in 1997.
“He was a fine teacher and a keen artist - a student of the renowned Angus painter, McIntosh Patrick,” said Dernie. “And what can you add to the quote from Peter Alliss, who said Gordon was ‘one of the finest gentlemen in professional golf’.”
Sinclair added: “I can’t talk more highly about the man. He never swore. Away from work, he was into painting and classical music.
“I was speaking to him recently and he was making sure I’d done a deal properly at Carnoustie.
“He was as sharp as a tack, so ahead of his time in a business sense. Things that are being taught today he was doing 20 years ago... a man ahead of his time, the consummate golf pro.”
PGA chief executive Sandy Jones commented: “Gordon was a true gentlemen and a wonderful PGA member. He was a role model to all young professionals who had the privilege of working under his guidance.
“His influence on all who met him will never be forgotten.”
Mr Kinnoch is survived by his wife, Maureen, and daughters Victoria, Sarah and Alix.
At the Perth service, donations were made to the GP Unit at Blairgowrie Cottage Hospital and Macmillan Cancer Support.