Charles Bury, a Canadian journalism pioneer and well known figure in the Eastern Townships, passed away Saturday at the age of 67.
Bury had been battling numerous ailments, including stage four liver cancer.
Bury spent 15 years as editor of the Sherbrooke Record and nearly 20 years as chairman of the Canadian Association of Journalists.
Bury also worked at the Townships Sun and was the founding editor of the Quebec Heritage News, a magazine devoted to exploring the history of Quebec's English-speaking communities.
In the spring of 2013 the Canadian Community Newspaper Association gave Bury the Silver Quill Award in honour of someone who has contributed to the Canadian newspaper industry, in a significant way, for 25 years or more.
Bury covered or commented on virtually every significant Eastern Townships story of the last few decades including the accidental shooting of two carpet layers by police, the rise of former Premier Jean Charest and the proposed development of Mont Orford.
He was highly respected by community members and political figures.
In the days before his passing Bury was contacted by both Charest and NDP leader Tom Mulcair.
Although he was known for his jovial nature, Bury was not afraid of controversy. He is said to have organized the first-ever protest against the Parti Québécois and Bill 101 and, only weeks before he died, Bury sparked a national debate by insisting on using a marijuana vaporizer in his Sherbrooke hospital room.
Bury is survived by his long-time partner, two children and three grand-children.