Popular Big Issue vendor John McIntyre, who friends have described as a “real Kendal character”, has died.
McIntyre, who sold the magazine at Elephant Yard shopping centre in Kendal, Cumbria, for five years, died on 11 November at the age of 69.
His cousin Amanda Johnson, who volunteers at Kendal homelessness prevention charity Manna House where he used to buy his magazines, told The Big Issue: “John was just a good egg, he was willing to help everyone.
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“He had lots of friends, he was so generous and would do anything to help anyone.
“Even when I went to the funeral directors yesterday I’ve got The Salvation Army helping me and I showed the woman his picture and she went, ‘“’Oh, I know him!’”’