A RETIRED sign-writer who turned to art to help him battle cancer has died at the age of 83.
Jim Keers “just couldn’t be rallied” after falling ill several years ago – until his family urged him to start sketching old photos featured in Wearside Echoes.
Art shows, global sales and a website followed. “Painting gave me a fresh interest in life,” Jim told the Echo last year. “I always dreamed of being an artist, but war stopped me.”