Legendary local sports writer, broadcaster and photographer Kevin Hogan has died, aged 85

THE Gippsland Times management and staff were devastated to hear of the passing of legendary local sports writer, broadcaster and photographer Kevin Hogan, at the age of 85, on Tuesday.

Kevin worked for the Gippsland Times for decades, submitting articles and photos since 1965, and his contribution to local sport is immeasurable.

He saw dozens of Times' journalists come and go during his 54-year association with the paper, and he certainly made an impression on all of them.

The click of his bright pink walking stick (which previously belonged to his wife, Xavier) in the Times' hallway signalled his arrival, bright and early each Monday morning. Sitting at the photo desk, he offered his camera, brimming with photos, a cheeky smile and plenty of stories behind the stories.

Hogan's Heroes became one of the most beloved parts of the paper, as readers pored over old sports photos to name the local starring from week to week.

He also championed women's sport; advocating equal publicity and giving everyone a fair go, you could find Kevin, camera-in-hand, courtside at the K.J. Hogan Netball Facility every Sale home game.

He was truly one of life's gentlemen, and one of the nicest blokes you'd ever meet.

Kevin's health had deteriorated of late, but he had continued working until recent months.

We send our deepest condolences to Kevin's large and loving family. His send-off will take place from noon next Wednesday, November 13, at St Mary's Cathedral, Sale.

A tribute to Kevin Hogan will be in Friday's Gippsland Times.