Seasoned journalist for the King William’s Town Mercury, Daily Dispatch and The Bugle Denver Donian passed away last Wednesday at the age of 64.
The old Dalian is known by many for his signature baseball cap, curly hair and his blue BMW roving around KWT for newsworthy stories, as well as his love for motor racing.
Dave Rawlins at The Bugle in King described his passing as a sad loss for all.
“He was a genuine person with a kind heart, although he was a pain in the butt sometimes.
“He was our sole contributor to the paper, he never dropped us and his editorial was always on time,” Rawlins said.
One of Donian’s ex-colleagues at the The Mercury, Cheryl Larsen, said she remembers him as a very straightforward person and passionate about his work.
“He never minced his words and I can remember he would often offend people who that did not know his character.
“He knew exactly what was happening in KWT at all times and was always on the scene of any breaking story.
“Never missing a grand prix race, his hero was the late Ayrton Senna,” Larsen said.
Messages of condolences poured in for Donian on the “Friends of King William’s Town” Facebook page.
“Used to love his articles in The Mercury. Sad loss to the community who grew up reading his words. RIP Denver.” – Jacquie Hough
“I will miss our Monday morning chats…say hi to Ayrton Senna for us. At last you will get to meet at least … no more suffering” – Michael John Webb
Former Tisoblackstar Group community newspaper titles editor Sonja Raasch said Donian’s memorable character will be dearly missed.
“I know he was extremely knowledgeable and highly regarded in the King community. He had a great sense of humour and was outspoken on what he believed was unjust,” Raasch said.
He leaves behind his mother and family.