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"He's gone and with him a little piece of my heart": Late vendors remembered

Long-time Big Issue sellers Keith Northam, 50, and Vincent Gorman, 48, both passed away in February

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We’re saddened to report the death of two of our longest-serving and much-loved vendors.

Keith Northam has passed away after losing his long battle with cancer on February 19.

The Big Issue veteran, 50, had sold the magazine for more than 20 years. A book of condolence has been opened for Keith, a loved and fixed part of his local community, at his pitch outside Saffron Walden’s Waitrose store.

“Keith had a great relationship with everyone who worked here and with many of our customers,” said store branch manager Jim Brewin. “He was so popular a number of partners and customers signed a 50th birthday card for him last year. In tribute to Keith we’ve set up a condolence book at our welcome desk for everyone who knew him.”

Big Issue East Anglia regional manager Jim Graver added: “Keith was a highly respected and very popular vendor who had sold the magazine for over 20 years and was probably one of the longest-selling vendors in the country.

“He will be greatly missed by all that came into contact with him. He was polite, funny and very friendly with a great attitude and he really was a credit to the organisation.”

Vincent Gorman, known as ‘Vinny’ on his pitch at Hammersmith Broadway, died on February 14 aged 48. The circumstances are unknown at this stage.

One of his customers, Kiki Streitberger, paid a touching tribute online. She said: “Vinny was there from the first day I arrived in London and as such was probably the first person I knew here. And now he‘s gone. Just like that. And with him a little piece of my heart.”

Another regular, Dionne Stewart, added: “He was a lovely man and when I heard the news it really upset me.”

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