GORDON Roberts, affectionately known as Gordon the Tramp, has died at the age of 94. 

The Bournemouth legend to many was one of the best-known faces in the town and had become an internet phenomenon. 

He hit the national news in 2007 when students set up a Facebook tribute page which gained thousands of members. 

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He also had the extraordinary ability to tell the time without wearing a watch – a skill which made him a legendary figure amongst clubbers and students. 

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But it was around the sports clubs he was best-loved, often seen pottering around with his dog, watching AFC Bournemouth or Poole Pirates. 

Despite his dishevelled appearance with a long, bushy beard and straggly hair, he was not homeless – he lived in his own house in Charminster. 

Those who met him will remember him for being the nicest, scruffiest, most eccentric man around town.

He died in hospital on Sunday, November 19.

People have now paid tribute to Gordon online and on the Echo's book of condolences

Peter Kittle, of Kinson, said: "A lovely chap was Gordon, used to see him in Bournemouth Square, have a laugh and get him a Maccys, he will be sorely missed.

"The legend that is Gordon the Tramp, fly high my friend fly high."

Graham Bell, of Poole, said: "Wow Gordon it was only a couple of weeks ago I was sharing a story about my walks to Winton Boys in the early 80s and seeing you walking down Brassey Road with your dog blowing raspberries.

"You would always say hello even if the kids of the 80s were being mean.

"I also remembered your front garden in Shirley Road BH9 (not Charminster) was full of cabbages lol RIP buddy."

Wendy Hawke, of Bournemouth, added: "Always remember Gordon going up and down the road where I used to live.

"Always chatted and he told me he was naming one of his dogs after me."

Lou Stickley, also of Bournemouth, added: "I was brought up around the corner from where you lived, we would always ask what’s the time Gordi and [he] never failed with the answer.

"I remember your beloved dog, Goldie. I also have vivid memories of seeing you on the flatbed of a truck.

"Time to sleep now Gordi, go and find your brother Horris RIP."

Jay Rachet, of Hot Radio, said: “He was a cherished member of the Bournemouth community, he was not homeless but resided in a house in Charminster.  

“Nicknamed 'the timelord', had an extraordinary ability to accurately tell the time, despite never wearing a watch. 

“Let's remember and honour this remarkable individual.” 

Another added: “The only person I’ve ever met that I believed had genuine magical powers.” 

One woman added: “He was an amazing man and always so friendly when I spoke to him in town.” 

Another man said: “RIP Gordon. Will be fondly remembered by so many around the town and Cherries and speedway scene especially. Sleep tight.”