Veteran journalist and respected Shepparton community figure Bill McCarthy has died after a long illness.
Mr McCarthy died yesterday morning at Harmony Village aged care home in Shepparton.
He was 82.
A dedicated community journalist and keen sports writer, Mr McCarthy began his career with the Horsham Times in 1952.
He spent some time at the ABC in Horsham and Kalgoorlie and as editor at the Casterton News and Wangaratta Chronicle before becoming chief sub editor at The News in 1981.
Mr McCarthy continued at McPherson Newspaper Group in a variety of positions with The News and the Kyabram Free Press, until glaucoma forced his retirement in September 2006.
During his retirement Mr McCarthy became a prolific letter writer, using his deep knowledge of community issues to express his views on a range of topics from sport to local politics.
His eldest son Terence also paid tribute to his father yesterday.
‘‘He was the kindest and most decent of men,’’ he said.
‘‘He was an amazing father, loving husband, devout Catholic and well-regarded country journalist.’’
Mr McCarthy leaves behind his wife Nora, sons Bernard, Francis and Terence, and grandchild Dominique, who is two months old.
The News will pay tribute to the life and work of Bill McCarthy in a longer article later this week.