Tributes have been paid to much-loved Big Issue vendor Michael Crean, who has died at the age of 44.
Crean started selling The Big Issue around Plymouth in 2018 and went on to cover pitches in nearby Ashburton, Ivybridge and South Brent after finding his “ideal job”, according to Susan Owen, The Big Issue’s frontline vendor support worker in Plymouth. He died from sepsis on June 11.
“Michael loved his work, it helped him financially but it was so much more than that,” said Owen.
“He had a huge heart and I have had so many messages from his customers since his death, everyone saying something positive, funny or loving about him. The Plymouth office has become a great deal quieter, especially on Monday mornings.
“Michael was everything you want both in a vendor and a friend. He was kind, thoughtful, enthusiastic and loved what he did. He will be sorely missed by all his friends and family and has genuinely left a big Michael-shaped hole in all our lives.”
Originally from Bradford, Crean moved down to the south of England 25 years ago to be closer to his two children.