02/02/2014 11:50 EST | Updated 04/04/2014 05:59 EDT

Charles Bury, longtime journalist, dead from liver cancer

Charles Bury, the longtime editor of the Sherbrooke Record newspaper in the Eastern Townships, died overnight from advanced liver cancer.

He was 67.

Bury ran the only English-language daily newspaper in the area from 1981 to 1996.

He also chaired the Canadian Association of Journalists for a number of years, and was a frequent contributor to CBC’s airwaves.

Bury never feared controversy, even making headlines just a few weeks ago for using marijuana in his Sherbrooke hospital room.

A longtime user, he used the drug to manage his anxiety related to his advanced cancer.

“I’m dying from cancer so there was no reason not to do any of this,” he told the CBC in early January of his unwavering commitment to vaporizing marijuana in his hospital room.

Bury was also a fervent advocate for anglophone rights in the province. He protested against Bill 101 in the 1970s, and later founded Quebec Heritage News, a magazine dedicated to exploring the history of English-speaking enclaves in Quebec.

Listen to Charles Bury's early-January interview with the CBC's Alison Brunette here: