TRIBUTES have been paid following the death of a much-loved education boss and arts lover.

Patrick Scott, 71, was director of education and later children’s services at City of York Council.

After he retired in 2007, he continued to work with children by helping to found York Music Hub, of which he was chair.

It’s current chair Natasha Morris said: “An incredible advocate for the arts, Patrick worked tirelessly to improve the lives of children and young people throughout his distinguished career. We shall miss him very much.”

Mr Scott had improved access to music for many York children, she said.

Cllr Carol Runciman, who worked alongside Mr Scott when she was executive member for education, said: “He was a lovely person to work with, he really was. He knew his schools, he knew his staff and he used all that for the benefit of the city.”

He had a strong sense of humour and enjoyed working with children.

Mr Scott started as an English and drama teacher before moving into education administration.

After he became director in 2000, he oversaw the unification of several junior and infant schools into primary schools.

“He was a great inspirer, a great collaborator,” said Cllr Runciman. "I think that is his legacy - to bring people together, to help them to work together.”

He also ran an English and poetry conference.

In his last working years, he oversaw the creation of the children’s services department, combining education and social services for children.

Molly Newton, former strategic manager of York Music Hub, said: “He was an incredible role model who led by example and worked tirelessly to champion music opportunities for young people.

“He was always very self deprecating about not being a musician himself, but I’ve yet to meet a greater music ‘appreciator’. His support and belief in the creative potential of children was truly inspiring and I was constantly in awe of his energetic drive and vision.”

Mr Scott leaves a widow, daughter and grandchildren.