SEAN GRAHAM, one of the early contributors to Scotzine, passed away yesterday at the age of 52.
Presenter Jonathan Sutherland announced the death on BBC Sportscene last night following the Premiership review.
Sean was a nephew of editor and author Alex Gordon, 68, who said: “I’ll miss that big bundle of fun I was fortunate enough to know so well.
“The lad was a battler. He had dealt with previous health issues with extraordinary fortitude and courage. It is so sad he could not overcome this one.
“I was told the end was near for this wonderful, caring human being on Friday. His wife Tracey, daughter Catherine and his mother June, my cousin, were allowed to stay in the hospital overnight. This was not a Covid-related death.
“Sean gave it his best shot right until the very end, but at 2.20pm yesterday, his fight came to an end.
“Naturally, my thoughts are with his immediate family. It will be extremely difficult for everyone who knew Sean to accept his passing.
“He was a football nut. He loved the game and his worldwide knowledge was quite outstanding.
“Sean loved his job at the BBC where he worked in media management. He was one of the unsung heroes behind the scenes who strived to make sure up-to-date information was available for TV and radio.
“He made so many friends in that post. He told me all sorts of tales, but, of course, none was for publication.
“Away from the cameras, Sean would often turn up at Junior games. He watched a lot of top-flight football, of course, but if there was a Junior game going on somewhere on a quiet day, more often than not he would be in attendance.
“Originally, Sean was a Celtic fan, but he also had a liking for Aberdeen. Maryhill Juniors also had a special place in his heart.
“Although there was a lifelong affection for Celtic, he was often seen at Ibrox where his daughter’s boyfriend Jordan is a season-ticket holder. Sean would go along armed with his trusty camera and snap off all sorts of shots and post many on social media.
“He loved walking his dog, Alfie, too. Naturally, a picture parade of his beloved mutt also made their way on to Facebook on a regular basis.
“I will always remember Sean as a gentle soul. He was a loving family man with an enthusiasm for life that was simply remarkable.
“Sean loved people. He always saw the good in a person. He was one of the kindest and warmest human beings I have ever had the privilege to know. He was one of life’s good guys.
“Farewell, old chum. I will miss you.
“My thoughts, wishes and prayers are with the family.”