POLITICS

Charles Bury, longtime editor of the Sherbrooke Record, dies of cancer

02/02/2014 04:00 EST | Updated 04/04/2014 05:59 EDT
SHERBROOKE,, - Charles Bury, a longtime editor of the Sherbrooke Record and director of the Canadian Association of Journalists, has died. He was 67.

His death was confirmed on the Record's Facebook page.

Bury died Saturday of cancer.

After working in jobs ranging from lab technician and uranium miner to factory worker and bouncer, Bury got into journalism in the mid-1970s at the monthly Townships Sun magazine.

Bury was known for his wit and once claimed he could speak on topics ranging from "the Oka crisis to eating cookies, heritage conservation and the status of women in the Fiji islands."

He was appointed editor of the Sherbrooke Record in 1980, where he remained until 1996. He won praise for his involvement in the community during his time as a journalist.

Bury was one of the founding members of the Centre for Investigative Journalism in 1978. That organization became the Canadian Association of Journalists in 1986. Bury chaired the organization for about two decades.

He was also an outspoken advocate of linguistic rights, fighting for anglophones against Quebec's Bill 101 language law as well as arguing for increased rights for francophones outside Quebec.

Before his death, he sparked a debate around the use of marijuana in hospital as he used a vaporizer to smoke the herb to help him deal with the terminal stages of his liver cancer.

The founding editor of Quebec Heritage News, Bury enjoyed travelling and going to museums, which he started doing when he was four years old.

He was also interested in nature and devoted time to volunteer work in recent years as well as working as a translator.