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Farewell to Forbsey

THE LODDON’S living legend John Forbes has died tragically on his property at Mitiamo.

Recognised for his work as national promotions manager for Puma, a champion of local sport and a founding member of Victoria Police Blue Ribbon Foundation, John was 79.

Within hours of news filtering through the tightknit community, the Australian flag was flying at half-mast from the flagpole at Mitiamo football ground - the oval renamed in honour of John in 2017.

The heartfelt gesture signalled the outpouring of tributes locally and from around the nation to the man AFL legend Neil Roberts once said “seems to know damn-near everything and everyone. He is a people magnet”.

Member for Murray Plains Peter Walsh said John had had an amazing career in the sporting arena.

“He amassed an incredible collection of sporting memorabilia, much of it autographed and cataloguing some of the greatest names in the modern era of the Olympics and professional sport.

Mitiamo club president Rob Clohesy said John was the heart and soul of the club.

“We are all gutted and so sad after news of his tragic passing He was an icon of our club and all the Loddon Valley league. A life member, a real treasure.

“John’s presence at our training nights and matches was inspirational as were his stories, his contacts and just to see John talking to people.

Jeff Thomas told the Loddon Herald: “John had Mitiamo in his blood. He just loved the area.”

See full story and special tribute in our digital edition

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