WE shared the news that the passing of a well-known man in the community led to his family sharing tributes.

Brian Jackson died at Furness General Hospital aged 84, due to complications after falling and breaking his femur. 

He lived his life proudly as a gay man, even at a time when homosexuality was a crime in the 1960s. 

Our readers reacted and shared their memories. 

Lee Wicks said: "I was sad to learn of Brian’s death. I’ve known Bri for over 30 yrs. He was such a kind, generous funny man. I’m glad I got to interview him and he got to the chance to tell his story.

"I will miss his wicked sense of humour and putting the world to rights. Rest in Pride Brian," as Kevin Anthony Conway said: "Top man Brian, in the 1970s and 1980s Brian and Charlie were always in the Periscope and Nautical telling stories and having a laugh."

Sharon Westwood added: "So sorry to hear this Brian was such a lovely funny man, always had a story to tell."

Kev Macdonald said: "Sad to hear this," while Deborah Wilson commented: "RIP Brian. Such a lovely gentleman. Always had a laugh with him and Charlie in the clubs. Brave man."

Gary Westwood said: "A gentleman will be sadly missed on Barrow island," as Angela Williams said she was 'saddened to hear of Brian's passing'.

Sean McDermott said: "RIP Brian what a lovely man," and Jill Elizabeth Newby added: "Met him during my waitress days at the Whitehouse and the Victoria Park Hotel."

A web user said: "A truly selfless man. RIP Uncle Brian," and Facebook user Paul Bewley commented: "RIP Brian what a lovely man, loved having a natter with him."

Kelly Walker added: "His mother lived across the road from my Nana so knew him from there. He would always have a chat with her."

Julie Beckman paid tribute to Bria, saying he was a 'true diamond'.