Paul Malone tribute: Big names come together to remember leading Queensland sports journalist

Some of Queensland’s biggest media and sporting personalities came together on Monday afternoon to celebrate the life and share their memories of respected sports journalist Paul Malone.

“Scobie” Malone, 59, passed away earlier this month, at St Andrews War Memorial Hospital – 19 months after a fall in another hospital left him a quadriplegic.

He had initially entered hospital in May, 2019, for tests just weeks before he was scheduled to take off for a dream family holiday to Wimbledon. but the accident during that hospital visit meant the holiday never eventuated.

Neil Breen and Jim Tucker were among those at the memorial.Source:News Corp Australia

News of his death was felt right across the Australian media and sporting worlds, with dozens of tributes pouring in for the “one of the giants of Australian storytelling”.

On Monday, the likes of Broncos great Darren Lockyer, Maroons legend Gene Miles and 4BC radio personality Neil Breen joined more than a hundred people for a special memorial afternoon at Eagle Farm to pay their respects to Malone.

It was a melancholic yet lighthearted affair to celebrate and reflect on Malone’s incredible life.

Many memories were shared of the former sports journalist, including his disdain for a picture byline and an Indian restaurant copping a 12-month suspension.

Former Courier Mail sports editor Brian Burke and Malone’s brother-in-law Darryl Selby spoke during the ceremony and shared some of their fondest stories.

One of Malone’s most frequent hospital visitors was his old Courier-Mail mate and racing guru Bart Sinclair, estimated to have seen Malone around 150 times over the past 19 months, also spoke during the memorial.

Darren Lockyer paid his respects to Paul Malone at Eagle Farm Racecourse.Source:News Corp Australia

Sinclair shared a number of treasured memories but also paid tribute to Malone’s wife Sharon and son Thomas.

“Paul copped a bad deal, the worst deal when he had that accident,” Sinclair said.

“But it was also a bad deal for his family and Sharon just stayed tough all the way through and she still will stay tough.

“No one should have to endure what they have in the last 19 months.

“Paul achieved so much as a journalist but the greatest thing he achieved was his support and provision for his family.

Robert Craddock speaks at the memorial.Source:News Corp Australia

“He loved Sharon and Thomas.”

Long-time friend and respected journalist Robert Craddock was left in awe of the overwhelming amount of support for Malone.

“It was such a beautiful gathering,” Craddock said.

“Not just Scobie’s mates from newspapers but people here who he really liked.”

Originally published as‘Beautiful gathering’: Friends, colleagues remember Scobie

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