Former colleagues have paid tribute to Russell Mulford, who wrote for the Shrewsbury Chronicle in the 1940s and 1950s, rising to the position of news editor.
In the 1960s he co-founded a freelance news agency, Shrewsbury Press Service, which covered court hearings and council meetings, among other things, in the area.
In the 1980s and 1990s he became well-known for reporting on Shrewsbury Town football matches for BBC Radio Shropshire, and was renowned for continuing to use a typewriter to produce copy until he finished working as a freelancer in his late 70s.
Russell, pictured, also spent time as chairman of the Shropshire branch of the National Union of Journalists and, outside of work, he also served as president of the Shropshire Railway Society.
John Shone, who served as news editor at Radio Shropshire, said: “He was a lovely man, a true professional and totally reliable. – one of the old school.
“He was still working well into his late 70s and still using a typewriter.
“He even kept a machine in a corner of the Radio Shropshire newsroom, so that he could knock out his copy when he called in with a late story.”
Friends and fellow journalists have also taken to Twitter to pay their own tributes.
John Bray, who covered Shrewsbury Town for the Shropshire Star in the 1990s, said: “I always enjoyed Russell Mulford’s friendship. He was a gentleman.”
Peter Kitchen, news editor at the Star and Chronicle columnist, added: “Sad news – Shropshire journalist Russell Mulford has died.
“A lovely man and a model journalist. Rest in peace.”
He died at the Royal Shrewsbury Hospital on Monday.
His wife, Eileen, passed away in 1999.