Stars from the sporting world, actors, musicians and entertainers were lost this year
Their work inspired, thrilled, amused and informed – and is destined to be looked back on with fondness.
Here the M.E.N. salutes their work and also pays tribute to just a few of the many unsung community champions from Greater Manchester who passed away in 2019
Much-loved BBC presenter Dianne passed away at the Christie Hospital on January 10 after an illness.
The mother-of-two was 51.
Dianne was one of the most recognised faces on TV in the region, having worked on North West Tonight for more than 20 years.
Iconic former Manchester United coach Harrison died aged 81.
He was diagnosed with dementia in 2014 and spent his final few months in a nursing home.
During his 27 years as youth-team manager at United, Eric nurtured the likes of David Beckham, Ryan Giggs, Gary Neville and Paul Scholes into first-team players.
Harrison was awarded an MBE for his services to football in the 2018 New Year Honours.
A Salford lad who became one of Britain’s most celebrated actors, Finney was 82 when he passed away peacefully after a short illness.
Finney received five Oscar nominations, but never won. He turned down a CBE in 1980 and refused a knighthood in 2000.
The actor was best known for his roles in Saturday Night, Sunday Morning, Erin Brockovich, Murder On The Orient Express, Skyfall and Annie.
Ray, the iconic and much-loved frontman of Manchester band Piccadilly Rats, died on April 18, aged 77.
The singer, who was struck by a tram in Manchester city centre, was in hospital surrounded by his family.
Well known as a busker in his hometown, he had previously appeared on The X Factor and Judge Rinder.
Jeffrey Worrall, known to everybody as Jeff, sold ice-creams to customers from his van in Partington and Urmston for more than 15 years.
The 53-year-old died suddenly after suffering from a bleed on the brain.
Jeff, who has six children and three grandchildren, was previously fit and healthy.
He was known for giving out free ice creams to families struggling for money.
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