Tributes to Bruce Ellen, Managing Director of the Gippsland Times

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

The Prostate Cancer Foundation Australia community has lost one of its finest champions, with the untimely passing of Bruce Ellen to prostate cancer.

Together with his good friend, the late Chris McPherson, Bruce helped to establish Biggest Ever Blokes’ Lunches in regional Victoria, raising significant funds for world-leading research, life-changing nurses, and locally attuned awareness.

He dedicated countless hours to the PCFA mission, determined to ensure that high quality prostate cancer care was accessible to men and families in the Latrobe Valley and surrounding regions.

Following his own diagnosis, Bruce’s remarkable contribution grew even further, fuelled by his desire to give men in the community every chance of detecting prostate cancer early. His actions no doubt saved the lives of many.

Bruce will be forever remembered by the PCFA community as a fierce advocate, a local pioneer, a loving family man, and a friend to all.

We convey our heartfelt condolences to his wife Chris, his children Nick and Ashleigh, his mother Dorothy and brothers Graeme and Tim.

Anne Savage,

Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia CEP



The team from TRFM would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to Bruce’s immediate family and friends.

Through his dedication to bringing local news to the Valley in print and online, Bruce played an important role in keeping our community informed.

More than just reporting on the news, Bruce took a hands-on role with efforts to help locals in need.

Over many years, the TRFM team enjoyed working side by side with Bruce on projects that benefited our local community.

A dedicated advocate for our region, we will remember Bruce for his efforts in recent years to raise money for the Prostate Cancer Foundation.

Whilst we are saddened to lose a passionate Gippslander, we know that Bruce leaves behind a wonderful legacy for the region.



Saddened to hear this news.

Condolences to Bruce’s family and the entire Express team at this tough time.

Gregor Mactaggart (Former Gippsland Times and Latrobe Valley Express Editor)



Bruce was always firm but fair and you could have a robust discussion, air your point of view with him, and he with you and move on.

His dedication and commitment to the local area are one of the main reasons I think that so many smaller papers lasted the length of time they did and that the LV Express is still a free publication.

He was a fair person and that’s why the LVE had so many long-serving staff members.

RIP Bruce.

Brendan Blackshaw (Latrobe Valley businessman)



Very sad news.

Bruce had a long association with Traralgon Centre Plaza.

He was a fabulous businessman and a wonderful supporter of town and community events.

Deepest condolences to Bruce’s family.

Traralgon Centre Plaza



Vale Bruce.

Our sincere condolences to family, friends and collegues from the Triple M Gippsland Team.

Triple M Gippsland



Heartfelt condolences to Bruce’s family.

Recent years have been brutal for newspapers (particularly COVID) and Bruce had to steer through these difficult times, often working the jobs of three people.

I found him to be fair in his dealings with me as an employee and with the public. He was good at listening and taking people’s views on board, but willing to make tough decisions when required.

Bruce was passionate about retaining local newspapers in regional communities, and advocated relentlessly at all levels of government.

This sad loss will bring a flood of memories for former and current Gippsland Times and Latrobe Valley Express staff members.

Rest in peace, Bruce.

Julianne Langshaw (former Gippsland Times Editor)