The entrepreneur, who built a sports retail empire and sold it for £290 million in 1998, paid tribute to his "hero and inspiration" at a ceremony at the Scottish Parliament where he received the Carnegie Medal of Philanthropy. He was one of six recipients of the biannual medal, which recognises figures who use their wealth for public good.
Sir Tom, 52, said his father had taught him the importance of "giving back" in his childhood in New Cumnock, East Ayrshire. He said: "Growing up in a very small village in Scotland that was dominated by the coal mines, he was a grocer. He totally understood he could make a living only if the community prospered and to put something back into the community that was giving him a living."