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Versatile former regional daily journalist dies aged 78

John BennA former journalist who held a variety of roles in a regional daily newsroom has died aged 78.

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.


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  • May 13, 2016 at 9:34 am

    John was a real doyen of journalism – could turn his hand to anything. And yes, his status was that of a true legend throughout the industry. Condolences to his family.

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  • May 13, 2016 at 10:51 am

    The way the industry is going I can safely say there will not be many more of his kind left in a few years. Not just turn their hand to anything, but do it all very well.

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