‘A won­der­ful man who will be sorely missed’

Macclesfield Express - - BRIAN OLLIER: A TRIBUTE -

PEO­PLE whose lives were touched by Brian paid their own trib­ute via the Ex­press Face­book page and email. ●● PAT Hills worked with Brian when she was news ed­i­tor at the Ex­press.

She said: “Brian was my hero. I worked with him and loved him as a friend as well as ad­mir­ing him as a true pro­fes­sional.

“Brian had three loves in his happy life – his fam­ily, his ca­reer and Mac­cles­field. And all three loved him back with a pas­sion. Brian was a great teller of true sto­ries. You’d always know when Brian had turned up at a party. He was where the crowds were; en­ter­tain­ing his au­di­ences with his funny anec­dotes.

“Oddly enough Brian was a quiet unas­sum­ing, mod­est gen­tle­man. It was the peo­ple who sought him out, not the other way around.

“Kind and gen­er­ous to a fault, Brian was a king­pin of Mac­cles­field’s com­mu­nity, a lo­cal pi­o­neer of bril­liant pho­tog­ra­phy and just a re­ally de­cent hu­man be­ing. He was, and always will be, a leg­end.” ●● FAM­ILY friend David Broad­head said: “I’ve known Brian and Mar­garet for just over 30 years. They made a great team and were in­sep­a­ra­ble.

“He was a kind and selfless man who would help any­one. I re­mem­ber one time many years ago when we were both stood out­side his shop on Queen Vic­to­ria Street when a gen­tle­man was strug­gling to push his wheelchair-bound wife up the steep hill to­wards town, as ev­ery­one else walked passed them Brian jumped in and pushed her up the hill with­out a sec­ond thought.

“Brian had the best thing that any man could pos­si­bly have – a kind and gen­er­ous heart and love for his fam­ily and friends which was un­con­di­tional and time­less.

“He was a won­der­ful man who I am proud to have known and will be sorely missed but never for­got­ten by those he touched.” ●● AMONG the many thou­sands of Brian’s cus­tomers was Paula Holmes.

She said: “I mar­ried my hus­band in 1979 and moved to Mac­cles­field where we lived for 13 years. Brian was a con­stant in many lives, in­clud­ing ours.

“His won­der­ful pho­tos of me with my lit­tle son have fol­lowed us across the At­lantic from Penn­syl­va­nia to St Au­gus­tine, Florida.

“They have always been on dis­play in our home. He has left a beau­ti­ful legacy not only con­sist­ing of pho­to­graphs but of a fine fam­ily.” ●● FEL­LOW pho­tog­ra­pher Frances Dum­ble­ton crossed paths with Brian many times. She said: “How­ever old he be­came I still thought of him as that naughty boy always mak­ing me laugh and get­ting in to mis­chief.

“Of­ten at Kodak meet­ings or con­fer­ences he would sit near me and when a com­pli­cated tech­ni­cal is­sue came up he would always de­light in ex­plain­ing it with a big grin on his face.

“He was so gen­er­ous with his time and knowl­edge and I re­mem­ber think­ing that as much as I tried I would never make such a talented, en­tre­pre­neur­ial and cre­ative pho­tog­ra­pher.” ●● FOR­MER Ex­press ed­i­tor Doug Pick­ford said: “Mac­cles­field will miss him. A mighty good man. One of the best.” ●● DENISE Hughes ex­pressed her shock and said: “He was a ter­rific guy as well as a re­ally fan­tas­tic artist. “Could put the most cam­era-shy sub­ject at ease.”

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