Popular Big Issue vendor Martin Chown, who became a familiar sight around Plymouth after spending more than 15 years selling the magazine in the city, has died.
Chown, who was well-known to customers outside Tesco on New George Street and around the Barbican district, passed away on January 4 at the age of 46 following a long battle with addiction.
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Sue Owen, The Big Issue’s frontline vendor support worker in Plymouth, joined past and present vendors as well as Chown’s family and friends at his funeral on February 2.
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She remembered Chown as a “quiet vendor with a cheeky smile”.
“Martin was always kind and looked out for others. He would give away his last penny if he thought you needed it more,” said Owen.