Tributes are flowing for prominent Tasmanian businessman and former mayor Michael Kent.
Mr Kent died in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Mr Kent was well-known for his positions as head of supermarket chain Purity, and later Woolworths in Tasmania.
He was also mayor of the Glamorgan Spring Bay Council from 2014 to 2018, and was re-elected to the council as councillor in 2018.
Tasmanian politicians have been sharing their condolences and memories of Mr Kent on social media.
Premier Will Hodgman said his thoughts were with Mr Kent’s family and friends.
“Michael Kent was unquestionably a man of passion, vision and conviction,” Mr Hodgman said.
“He made a remarkable contribution to our state, and to the lives of many Tasmanians.
“I always enjoyed catching up, and there was so much more we agreed on that not.”
Lyons Liberal MP Guy Barnett said he was sorry to hear the passing of Mr Kent, a “pioneer retailer and businessman and champion for his community”.
Lyons Labor MHR Brian Mitchell sent his condolences to the Kent family.
“A fine community servant who always told it straight and stood up for what he believed in,” Mr Mitchell said.
“He’ll be much missed on my coffee stops in Orford - I always enjoyed chatting with him.”
Prosser Liberal MLC Jane Howlett said her thoughts and condolences were with Mr Kent’s family and friends, and thanked him for assisting her in settling into her role with the state government.
“It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of Michael Kent AM,” she said.
“Michael was a true Tasmanian patriot who always put the interest of Tasmania first, serving his community to the very end.”
Jacqui Lambie Network leader Jacqui Lambie said Mr Kent was a great Tasmanian who would be sadly missed.
Mr Kent ran for the party in the 2018 state government elections.
“Thank you for everything,” Ms Lambie said.
The Local Government Association of Tasmania also posted to social media, thanking Mr Kent for his service to the community and LGAT.