Vale Bruce Ellen, Managing Director of the Gippsland Times

Latrobe Valley Express and Gippsland Times Managing Director, Bruce Ellen, passed away last week.

MR Bruce Ellen, the managing director of the Latrobe Valley Express and Gippsland Times, passed away recently after a long battle with cancer.

He was 65.

A prominent Latrobe Valley businessman, he was also a major figure in country and regional newspapers.

Before his death, Mr Ellen was the longest-serving current board member of the Victorian Country Press Association (VCPA).

More recently, Mr Ellen served as President of Country Press Australia. He lead CPA during the organisation’s most significant period, working day, night and over weekends to help CPA through some of its most challenging times.

At the same time as his relentless activity advocating for the industry, Mr Ellen was involved in establishing a range of newspapers in South Australia and Queensland and a print site in Rockhampton.

He was a director of a number of regional newspaper companies in Queensland and in Mount Gambier.

He is survived by his wife and two children.

Mr Ellen was farewelled from this life on Friday, April 5 in Morwell.

A packed congregation came to pay their respects, with many local business and newspaper industry figures present.