Tributes have been paid to a “first class” daily news reporter who has died at the age of 79 after suffering a stroke.
Gordon Argo worked as a journalist for the Aberdeen Evening Express for many years and became deputy news editor during his time with the newspaper.
He covered some of the North-East’s biggest stories including the notorious murder of Mearns farmer Maxwell Garvie in 1968.
His brother-in-law Dennis Sherriffs, also a retired reporter, said Gordon will be sadly missed.
“Gordon was very determined in his work as a journalist and was a very good reporter.He was very passionate about this work,” he told the Evening Express.
Dennis added that his brother-in-law was a “gentleman” and no one ever had a bad word to say about him.
“It was his ability to listen to others. Everyone loved Gordon. He was a loving family man and loved to potter around the garden,” he added.
Former Evening Express news editor Jimmy Lees said Gordon was a “first class journalist”.
“He was an all-rounder and did a lot of important stories and covered a lot of important events. He was a very nice person and very popular among his fellow journalists,” he said.
Evening Express columnist Moreen Simpson worked with Gordon for more than 20 years.
“Gordon was definitely one of the best reporters I have ever worked with. He was absolutely passionate about his job and getting stories to the readers fairly and accurately,” she said.
“He loved the job and you could really see that. He would come into the office every morning and rub his hands together and say, ‘right what have we got today then’.
“Gordon was a fantastic person, he was full of fun and loved life.
“He was also brilliant with young reporters and was always keen to pass on his experience and knowledge.
“Journalism has lost one of its real masters.”
He is survived by his wife Norma, 77, sons Gary and Philip, and daughter Suzanne.