TRIBUTES have been paid following the death of Joe Harris, a leading campaigner for pensioners' rights.
Mr Harris, aged 83, from Olton, was the chairman of the Solihull Pensioners Convention, the local branch of National Pensioners Convention.
The former Land Rover shop steward had been battling cancer and had recently contracted the 'superbug' clostridium difficile. His wife Barbara also died recently.
Mr Harris had a long association with Solihull Pensioners Convention, becoming its treasurer 15 years ago before stepping up to the role of chairman the following year -a post he had held ever since.
Josie Herbert, secretary of the group ,described Mr Harris, who was also the membership secretary for West Midlands Pensioners Convention, as "a great example to us all".
She said: "He was a wonderful example of how to live a life without affectation, without greed and without envy but with a love of his fellow man. He lived and breathed the pensioner movement and was a man of conviction - a leader.
"He was a passionate believer in getting a better deal for pensioners - particularly poorer ones."
Before campaigning for the rights of pensioners Mr Harris had been an active trade unionist and once went to Russia on behalf of the Transport and General Workers Union.
Mrs Herbert added: "He was a principled man who stood up for the working class and was much admired in the trade union movement. He will be very much missed."
Mr Harris's funeral takes place at Yardley Cemetery and Crematorium at 11.30am today.