Farewell, Frank Devine
Australia lost one of its finest writers today with the death of journalist Frank Devine, age 77.
Frank’s columns brought joy to thousands of readers. He wrote with grace, wit, humour and charm; he was politically conservative but he never thundered or railed, and was a master of dry self-deprecation - in one recent column, filed when he was aged well into his seventies, he joked that his affection for John Howard “bordered on the homo-erotic.”
He was a terrifically kind and giving man who despite having soared as a journalist - he edited The Australian, The Chicago Sun-Times and The New York Post - remained affable and approachable, and a mentor to the young.
The Australian publishes a terrific celebration of his life here by former Liberal MP and Quadrant editor Peter Coleman.
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