Photographer Johnny Nelson died aged 94, his family announced on Tuesday.
Nelson, who spent much of his career as a photographer for the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Philadelphia Herald, died of complications from cancer on January 10.
He had been living in Baltimore with his wife Margaret Nelson, his brother Jimmy Nelson, and their son, Bobby.
“We’re deeply saddened to learn of his passing, and to hear that he had been battling a very difficult disease,” his brother told The Associated Press.
Nelson had been with the family for more than 30 years, having previously worked as a reporter for the Inquirers newspaper, and later for the New York Daily News, the Baltimore Sun, and the Daily Courier.
Nelson was the father of seven children, including his first wife, Sally Nelson.
His first marriage ended in divorce in 1978, and he had two children by that point: Nancy Nelson.
“His commitment to his family, his community, and all he served in the service of his profession was a beacon to others.” “
As a family, we’re heartbroken, and his family asks for privacy during this difficult time,” his sister, Mary Nelson, told the AP.
“His commitment to his family, his community, and all he served in the service of his profession was a beacon to others.”
Nelson’s obituary included an emotional quote from his wife Sally, who said he “truly cared deeply about his family”.
“We were blessed to have you in our lives.
You were a loving, generous, kind, generous woman.
You had a beautiful soul and an incomparable spirit.
You truly were a true brother to all,” Sally Nelson wrote.
“Philadelphians will always remember you for your warmth, humor, and sense of humor.
You are the source of so much good, and we will always be grateful to you for it.”
Nelson was born in Philadelphia on January 4, 1920.
He married Margaret in 1965 and they had two daughters, Mary and Laura.
His sister, Sally, and her husband died of cancer in 2011.
“Our hearts are broken,” Nelson’s son, Jimmy, told AP.
He told the news outlet that his mother and father were “one of the greatest women in the world”.
“They were both amazing people who loved to laugh and have a good time, especially my mother,” Jimmy Nelson said.
Nelson also shot an ad for the National Institute of Children’s Research at the Philadelphia Zoo in 1978.
“They are the best parents that I’ve ever known,” Jimmy said.