ILKLEY has lost one of its lovable characters.

Tim Fisher, the seemingly lonely man selling The Big Issue on The Grove opposite Christchurch for several years, passed away peacefully in hospital on Monday.

He was known by many simply as Tim, and to many more as The Big Issue seller.

Tim had led a very colourful early life and was no stranger to illness, but through it all he remained remarkably cheerful.

He had little in the way of material possessions, but he would gladly give what little he had to those he felt were in more need than himself.

He was always grateful for the support he received from his customers, many of whom he was pleased to call his friends.

Tim will be sadly missed.

* This obituary is by Brian Scott and is endorsed by the Rev Dr Roberta Topham (Minister of Christchurch).