John Benn worked as news editor, local government editor and sports editor during the course of his career at the Wigan Post and Wigan Observer.
As the Observer’s chief sports writer, he covered the fortunes of the town’s football and rugby league teams, as well as rugby union club Orrell.
John, pictured above, died at Wigan Infirmary after a short illness last month.
An obituary on the Post’s website reads: “He was passionate about all sports including cricket and held many honorary roles at both Wigan and Highfield cricket clubs.
The Post also described him as “legendary” and “well known” in Wigan.
Away from journalism, John was a member of the Wigan Gilbert & Sullivan Society, and sang in church choirs.
He is survived by his wife Anne, children Janet and Andy, and five grandchildren.