Football stars lead tributes to former Echo sports editor Kevin Nash

Bournemouth Echo: Kevin Nash, former sports and features editor at the Echo Kevin Nash, former sports and features editor at the Echo

CHERRIES boss Eddie Howe has led tributes to former Echo journalist Kevin Nash, who died on Wednesday at the age of 57.

The AFC Bournemouth manager described him as “a really good guy who cared passionately about this football club” and added: “It was great dealing with him - he was just a gentleman. He will be greatly missed by everyone here.”

Former sports editor Kevin, who leaves a wife and three children, also worked closely with Stoke City manager Tony Pulis when he was Cherries boss.

Mr Pulis said: “My thoughts are with his family. They are the ones who will be suffering.”

Poole Town manager Tom Killick added: “He was just a really nice guy. He had a really wide knowledge in all levels of sport and football locally.”

Kevin, who lived in Southbourne, was taken ill with pancreatitis just 11 days before he passed away in Bournemouth Hospital.

His wife, Michele, said he was a wonderful father to their three children, Amy, 22, Harry, 19, and 12-year-old Phoebe.

She added: “He was so proud of his children and all their achievements. His family were his greatest pleasure, along with his golf.

“It's a shock for the whole family because it was so sudden.”

Kevin, a father-of-three, worked at the Echo for many years as sports editor and later as features editor.

Since leaving in 2010 he had written articles for a number of different publications, mainly about football and his beloved golf.

Earlier in his career he worked as a sub-editor at the China Daily in Beijing and he has also written books about football.

Mayor of Bournemouth Cllr Phil Stanley-Watts said Kevin was a “great sports reporter” who was “first with the news” during some of AFC Bournemouth's most difficult times.

Fred Curtis, whose late wife Jeanne knew Kevin through charity cricket matches between Echo and Town Hall staff when she was mayor, said: “He was a very charming gentleman and very dedicated to his job.”

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8:46am Fri 22 Feb 13

ASM says...

RIP. Nice bloke, met him a couple of times. Thoughts go out to his family. He will be missed by a lot of people at AFCB, a very popular guy.
RIP. Nice bloke, met him a couple of times. Thoughts go out to his family. He will be missed by a lot of people at AFCB, a very popular guy. ASM

8:54am Fri 22 Feb 13

Strawbs_78 says...

What sad news. I played cricket with Kev for Moordown throughout the 90's. He was a really top bloke and genuine nice guy. Remember he wrote a feature article in the echo about our club tour to Torquay in 95, was a bit of an eye opener for my parents!! R.I.P
What sad news. I played cricket with Kev for Moordown throughout the 90's. He was a really top bloke and genuine nice guy. Remember he wrote a feature article in the echo about our club tour to Torquay in 95, was a bit of an eye opener for my parents!! R.I.P Strawbs_78

9:06am Fri 22 Feb 13

ilovepoole says...

I worked at the Echo and knew Kevin there for years, such a nice man. RIP and thoughts to his family and children, such a sad loss xx
I worked at the Echo and knew Kevin there for years, such a nice man. RIP and thoughts to his family and children, such a sad loss xx ilovepoole

1:14pm Fri 22 Feb 13

The Renegade Master says...

Played against Kevin many times in the 80's and 90's when he was a stalwart of Moordown CC. RIP big fella.
Played against Kevin many times in the 80's and 90's when he was a stalwart of Moordown CC. RIP big fella. The Renegade Master

1:29pm Fri 22 Feb 13

adamthechairman says...

Why is it nature takes all the good ones?...I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin only a few months ago, through our golf club. What a lovely gentle man, interesting to talk too, and a pleasure to play golf with...thoughts to his wife and children at this tough time. If there were more people like Kevin in this world it would be a lot better place to be...R.I.P
Why is it nature takes all the good ones?...I had the pleasure of meeting Kevin only a few months ago, through our golf club. What a lovely gentle man, interesting to talk too, and a pleasure to play golf with...thoughts to his wife and children at this tough time. If there were more people like Kevin in this world it would be a lot better place to be...R.I.P adamthechairman

2:15pm Fri 22 Feb 13

Andrew-County Golfer Mag says...

What a sad time and I send my condolences to the whole family. Kevin was our SW editions editor and I really enjoyed his enthusiasm and care he gave in his time with us and he will be missed here and by our readership I have no doubt. Rest in Peace.
What a sad time and I send my condolences to the whole family. Kevin was our SW editions editor and I really enjoyed his enthusiasm and care he gave in his time with us and he will be missed here and by our readership I have no doubt. Rest in Peace. Andrew-County Golfer Mag

8:47am Sat 23 Feb 13

jontee says...

What terribly sad news. It's no age these days. All our thoughts will be with his family.
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I loved his book on the Cherries a few years ago which my stepson bought for me, an autographed copy. I shall treasure it even more now.
What terribly sad news. It's no age these days. All our thoughts will be with his family. . I loved his book on the Cherries a few years ago which my stepson bought for me, an autographed copy. I shall treasure it even more now. jontee

10:47am Sat 23 Feb 13

awsokend says...

Sad news, the flowering cherry tree he planted in my garden is bursting into blossom right now RIP. ...taffy
Sad news, the flowering cherry tree he planted in my garden is bursting into blossom right now RIP. ...taffy awsokend

11:00am Sat 23 Feb 13

GolfingSteve says...

It says much for my mate, Kevin, star of what must be well over 1,000 press trips that he could remain so resolutely cheerful no matter how bad his golf was. And believe me it was often far worse than that. Rarely risking a driver off the tee, wisely knowing that however far wide his rescue club had been struck it might still, if only just, have remained on the golf course.

The last time I played with him, just a few short weeks ago, at Chepstow St Pierre I took a photograph as a lasting memorial to the fact that every now and then, if the golfing gods were with him, he could find the centre of the fairway. Inevitably, on a shortish par five, he walked off with an eight.

But being with Kev was far more than just about golf. It was all about the sheer joy and warmth of being in his company. Quite simply, I loved the bloke. He was, and still is, irreplaceable.
It says much for my mate, Kevin, star of what must be well over 1,000 press trips that he could remain so resolutely cheerful no matter how bad his golf was. And believe me it was often far worse than that. Rarely risking a driver off the tee, wisely knowing that however far wide his rescue club had been struck it might still, if only just, have remained on the golf course. The last time I played with him, just a few short weeks ago, at Chepstow St Pierre I took a photograph as a lasting memorial to the fact that every now and then, if the golfing gods were with him, he could find the centre of the fairway. Inevitably, on a shortish par five, he walked off with an eight. But being with Kev was far more than just about golf. It was all about the sheer joy and warmth of being in his company. Quite simply, I loved the bloke. He was, and still is, irreplaceable. GolfingSteve

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