T he death of the actor James Ellis at the age of 82 is the final chapter in the long life of a talented artist who won many friends in his native province and much further afield.
Since his rise to prominence a long time ago on British network television, Jimmy Ellis has been rarely out of the headlines, in the best possible sense.
His down to earth Ulster attitude to life has been one of the continual charms of a man who never assumed airs nor graces, or took himself and his talent too seriously.
Jimmy Ellis was a man who always championed the arts in Northern Ireland, and achieved national fame, but who never lost the run of himself.
He will be remembered with great fondness and respect.