TRIBUTES have been paid to a much loved young dad from Largs after he tragically passed away at just 31.

Zac Baker died suddenly last month, leaving family members devastated.

His parents Stephen and Zoe, and partner Lauryn have paid touching tributes to the doting dad, who leaves behind daughter Isla.

Zac was born and brought up in Edinburgh and graduated with a degree in journalism from Napier University before moving to the west coast nine years ago and making Largs his home.

His family today described Zac as a 'special person who could light up any room with his smile and sense of humour'.

Zoe said: "Zac was my life - and everybody who met him loved him.

"He moved to Largs nine years ago and loved it on the west coast. One of his favourite things to do was walking up the sundial to take in the panoramic views of the Clyde and the coastline.

"Zac worked in William Hills in Largs for many years and he really enjoyed the camaraderie among the team there.

"He was one of the funniest people you could ever meet - he could always make you laugh and was definitely a joker.

"He was a passionate Heart of Midlothian supporter and travelled through to see the Jambos whenever he could.

"My boy was such a happy go lucky person and will be so missed by everyone."

Zac left his job with the bookmakers to take up a new role in the offices of Spectrum Window & Door Maintenance Ltd.

He worked on the accounting side, a role he thrived in through his love of numbers.

Zac also loved to socialise and going out in Largs and and had a big circle of friends not just in Largs and the east coast, but all around the country.

Zac's funeral took place at the Clyde Coast and Garnock Valley Crematorium last Friday where the family requested that all those attending to wear comfortable attire and bright colours to remember and celebrate his life.

The family have thanked the Largs community for all their support at such a difficult time: "We have been very touched by everyone who has sent us messages of support - clearly he touched the lives of many people in Largs.

"When he moved to the town he fitted right in and loved the way of life. He was right at home there and so happy with his own wee family.

"We are all heartbroken that he is gone."

His passion for the local area often saw Zac contribute photos taken at beauty spots to the Largs and Millport News, including a beautiful picture of a rainbow over the A78 on the entrance to the town that was showcased recently in our pages.

Zoe added: "He just loved all the scenery, the people and going for walks around the place he called home.

"Zac was a very happy and generous person, someone so cherished by friends and family. We are all devastated but have taken comfort in the outpouring of appreciation for him since his passing."