Paying tribute to Steve on Facebook

“R.I.P dad. I love you so much. Always thinking of you. You were and still are the best dad I know.

“Miss you so much. I’ll look after the girls. Hope you and granny are looking down. Love you always and forever xxxxcc,” wrote Steve Mitchell’s daughter, Lauren on his Facebook page which is filled with many moving tributes to a man who was loved by so many.

Messages have flooded in from family, friends and colleagues, all who have been left shocked by the loss of such a great man.

“Can’t believe what I’m reading – RIP,” wrote Jamie Beatson something echoed by Claire Robertson which said: “Just heard and it’s not ringing true, only saw you the other day! RIP Steve, you will be sorely missed by everyone and my thoughts go out to Kymm and your family xx”

A man who always had a great story to tell, Steve touched the hearts of so many.

Max Lindsay commented: “R.I.P midweek Mitchell a true legend from the first journey to the last.

“Meeting new faces on the way and doing what you were great at - making them laugh and having a good time with everyone.

“You told us stories of your memories over the years and now we’ll tell our great memories of you, it’s gonna be so so weird and sad not having you around.

“Will miss you forever Steve.

“You’ll live on in this club and we’ll keep singing for you.

“I’ll never forget your great stories and advice thanks for the times you were, are and always will be Brechin’s legend. RIP.”

Stuart Guthrie said: “After travelling with you from one end of the country to the other supporting our mighty football team and singing random songs such as “Steven Mitchell the answer was no” and “the tractor song” I can truly say it has been an honour to have been in your company on so many occasions.

“The Brechiner won’t be the same without you, as mum keeps pointing out, and neither will the back of the bus!

“Pints are on me when we next meet.

“RIP mate I’ll be drinking the real ale in your memory!”

Finding the correct words to express how they felt was something so many people struggled with.

Laura Cuthill a former Brechin High School pupil who did work experience at the Brechin Advertiser, wrote: “I’m supposed to be good with words but you Mitchell, have left me speechless.

“I’ll never forget all those Thursday afternoons in the Brechiner typing up daft stories about trees looking like Jesus and squirrel sightings up Golf Road Park. Not to mention the away days with City. Thank you for trusting me with the match report from East Fife! Cheers for all the drinks, the many laughs and the career advice (!).

“When I am editor of The Times, I’ll tell them Steve Mitchell taught me all I know.

“Much love to Kymm, Lauren and the rest of the family xxx.”

Grant Masterton wrote: “You weren’t the greatest cricket player, but you were the greatest laugh! RIP bud.”

Gregor McIntosh said : “The world has lost a true gent, mate you’ll be missed more than you know.

“It was a sincere pleasure to play for you and call you boss.”

Brechin City football player Charlie King said: “Sitting reading all those lovely messages and every one of them bang on.

“Made me so welcome when I arrived at Brechin all these years ago and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t shedding a few tears right now. Topman Steve Mitchell x.”

The tributes meant a great deal to Steve’s wife Kymm Mitchell who simply said: “Thank you for all your messages, they mean a lot.” A comfort that Steve’s brother Andy Mitchell also felt. He said: “I would just like to thank you all for the kind words you have posted on Stephen’s wall.

“He would have been amazed at all the comments knowing he had touched so my people’s lives.

“He was an amazing reporter, a genuine nice bloke and, for me, a brilliant brother.

“I will miss our chats on my days off.

“The only consolation for myself is that he is now with our mum in heaven.

“RIP my wee brother you were special in so many ways. Love you Andy.”