Tributes flow for former Hawkesdale woman Deb Cameron

DEB Cameron had a smile that lit up a room. She was also determined to pursue a career in journalism, according to her brother Des.

Ms Cameron, who grew up in Hawkesdale and began her journalism career at The Standard, passed away on Saturday after a long illness that followed an earlier battle with breast cancer.

LOSS MOURNED: Journalist Deb Cameron, who grew up in Hawkesdale, passed away in Sydney on Saturday. Picture: Quentin Jones

LOSS MOURNED: Journalist Deb Cameron, who grew up in Hawkesdale, passed away in Sydney on Saturday. Picture: Quentin Jones

She attended primary school and secondary school in Hawkesdale and landed a job as a receptionist at a Warrnambool business located opposite The Standard.

“Every day or every second day she would walk over to The Standard to talk to people and get to know everybody,” Mr Cameron said.

“When a cadetship came up she applied for it.”

Mr Cameron said his sister loved to travel and she had a very successful career as a journalist, with overseas stints in Tokyo, New York and Jakarta. “For a girl who grew up in the Western District, it’s a wonderful achievement,” he said.

A special service will be held for Ms Cameron in Sydney on Monday next week, with more than 1000 people expected to attend. Mr Cameron said his sister had been in hospital but was released last week. She passed away at home with her husband Greg Earl and two children.

Mr Earl said his wife fought cancer to the very end.

“From backing the Swans to shopping at the fish market, we didn’t know anyone who loved Sydney life like our best friend and mum,” he said. “She fought cancer to the end to keep living that life.”

ABC journalist Leigh Sales described Ms Cameron as a “lovely, warm woman”.