Vale John Fordham
Wednesday, November 13, 2019 in News
Veteran Sydney Sunday Telegraph wine writer John Fordham has died after a battle with cancer. Fordham, 75, also well-known as a public relations consultant, started off as ghost-writer for the late Sydney restaurateur and bon vivant Johnnie Walker. He continued Walker’s Good Life column under his own name after Walker died in 1987. Fordham’s near 40 years, unbroken, as the Sunday Telegraph’s wine writer is almost certainly a record.
His son, Ben Fordham wrote on social media:
"My dad has passed away. It was the most peaceful goodbye. We were all there with him and feel blessed. What a bloke. When we were growing up, he spent every spare minute playing on the street with all of the neighbourhood kids. He built a business with my mum that set the standard for public relations and personality management. He was a wonderful donor to charity and established the Head and Neck Cancer Foundation. As a mate, he was the best. If any of his family or friends or clients were in trouble, he’d go to war.. “If you grab the tail, you get the whole tiger” - that was Jack. We’re going to miss him but thankfully we took every chance to tell him how much we love him. That’s the trick. No regrets. Today, dad is being appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for his commitment to charity. RIP John Fordham (AM)"
- @benfordham9 via Instagram