Tributes paid after former newspaper boss passed away

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Warm tributes have been paid to former Eastbourne Gazette and Herald boss Kevan Regan who died after a short illness last week.

Mr Regan, who turned 70 in August, passed away at St Wilfrid’s Hospice, which he helped set up in the 1980s.

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He leave his wife Janet, children James and Victoria, daughter-in-law Melanie and granddaughters Kyra and Ellicia.

His funeral will be held at Our Lady of Ransom Church, Grange Road, on Friday September 30 at noon.

Donations instead of flowers can be made to St Wilfrid’s or the St Gregory’s Roof Appeal via Adela in South Street.

Mr Regan was born in Bolton in Lancashire and after working in local government and health authorities, moved to Eastbourne in 1976 to take up a post at Eastbourne Health Authority.

He began his career at Beckett Newspapers as chief executive in 1986 and in 1992 became managing director before retiring in 1997.

He was also a former president of Eastbourne Chamber of Commerce, Catenians Association, a college governor, a long standing member of Eastbourne Rotary Club and a co-founder and honorary treasurer of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.

He was a prominent parishioner at Our Lady of Ransom and helped set up the Alone at Christmas scheme serving lunch to the elderly on Christmas Day.

Mrs Regan this week paid tribute to her husband as a “great family man” who gave so much to others.

Former Beckett Newspapers director Nigel Greaves said Kevan gave so much to Eastbourne.

“Kevan had a great interest in the town’s progression and development,” said Nigel.

“He was instrumental in building the success of the original St Wilfrid’s Hospice by giving his expertise on financial matters.

“He’ll also be remembered as a long serving member of Rotary and particularly for his meticulous planning as chairman of the club’s annual Alone at Christmas event.”

Former Johnston Press chief operating officer Danny Cammiade and a close personal friend said, “Kevan’s personal generosity was recognised many times. I will remember Kevan as a person who put others before himself, a leader at TR Beckett that kept to the strong people values that he and the company believed in, and above all a family man who extended his natural parental nature to all who worked with and for him.”

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