ITV journalist Gary Burgess died at the age of only 46 after a long battle with cancer.
The respected broadcaster that covered the Channel Islands died “peacefully” in hospice yesterday.
His husband, Alain, confirmed the tragic news in a statement in honor of the NHS workers he helped him in the last few weeks.
He states: “Through journalism and broadcast career, Gary would have seen every variation of words that describe someone’s strength and courage, wisdom and humor, kindness and generosity, stubbornness and determination, a sense of mischief, and the joy of life. Simple happiness.
“So, to avoid clichés, I’m going to mistakenly quote a line of dialogue from the last episode of Westwing. This is one of Gary’s favorite programs, from one spouse to another. It was said to my spouse with love and pride.
“You did a lot of good things, Gary. You did a lot of good things.”
Gary, who lives in Jersey Alan, was first diagnosed with testicular cancer in 1999.
He was treated with chemotherapy and two tumors were resected in 2015 and 2016.
Gary recorded the fight against illness on his blog and often posted positive, friendly and humorous posts about his treatment.
But in 2020, Gary bravely said how his cancer was terminal and could only live 6-12 months after the tumor had spread between the heart and lungs.
He tragically revealed in November that he would “die soon.”
The journalist wrote in his blog: “Given that my husband is likely to be alone at home without me, he immediately hit me like the sea of overwhelming guilt.
“It’s scary to have to ring your dad to tell him you’re going to die. Then your brother. Then your friend. And another friend. And your boss. Each phone is completely tired. It’s over. “
Gary, who also wrote a column for the Jersey Evening Post, talked about the catastrophic prognosis when working on whether to continue chemotherapy.
Before he died, Gary wrote the last emotional message that he had “the best life” and “the luckiest life.”
He also praised his “soulmate” and her husband Alain. He got married in 2018 after spending four years together.
Gary said: “The idea of doing it to Alain is immeasurable to handle, but the people who have shown love and support to me may be engulfing the emotions around him in the coming days. I know.”
Journalists continue: “It’s time to give the mic and keyboard to someone else to talk about you, so let’s just say” thank you “for the last word.
“Everyone in my life has helped me live my best life in their own way. That’s fine.”
Gary was born in Manchester in November 1975, but moved to South Africa with his family at the age of six.
The journalist later returned to England and in 1992 got his first job at Radiowave in Blackpool.
Gary started out as a teaboy, but nine years later he was a news reader, breakfast show presenter, and program controller.
He set a world record on the longest radio show. Continued broadcasting for 76 hours to raise funds to build a new £ 2.9m gun unit in Blackpool.
After managing British and Scottish radio stations, Gary got a job at Island FM in Guernsey in 2003 and later moved to BBC Radio Guernsey.
In 2011, he started working for ITV News and a year later he moved to Jersey, where he covered a variety of stories.
Last year he was nominated for this year’s journalist at the Royal Television Awards.
A flood of compliments from Gary’s colleagues.
Karen Rankin, head of news for ITV’s channel TV, said he was “a very talented and passionate journalist and broadcaster.”
She added: “He has a big heart and his journalism has had a tremendous impact on the entire Channel Islands.
“He is an inspirational role model that has helped shape so many careers, not only through the stories he tells, the people he touches, and the friendships he has built, but also for many journalists. I was a mentor.
“As colleagues and friends, we will miss this remarkable man who has inspired many of us in many ways. Our thoughts and prayers are Gary’s husband Alain and his I’m with my family. “
Completely the heartbreaking compliment of her husband Alain
It’s very sad to have to announce the death of my wonderful husband Gary on Saturday, January 1st. After years of fighting cancer, Gary died peacefully while sleeping in a jersey hospice.
I would like to publicly thank all of the many people and services in Jersey. We would also like to thank Southampton General Hospital for taking care of Gary very well over the last seven years throughout all the different stages of the disease. Gary was always grateful for the many kindness he showed, including the nurse in the oncology ward, the porter when he was too weak to walk on his own, and the coffee made by volunteers at McMillan Oasis. Suite.
Special thanks must be given to the Jersey Hospice and the Jersey Hospital clinical research team. Together, they allowed Gary to stay at home as long as possible, safely and comfortably, according to his wishes. With an oxygen cylinder in his hand, he could even continue his occasional trip to his favorite breakfast spot on the island.
And finally, many hopes, including friends, family, colleagues, ex-colleagues, viewers, radio listeners, blog readers, complete strangers, who have sent us love and kind words since Gary received them. Thank you. His terminal diagnosis in November 2020. We sometimes found that the amount of messages was almost overwhelming, but we were always grateful for the positiveness, warmth, and support shown to both of us.
I hope Gary will receive a lot of compliments in the coming hours and days, and I would like to keep my words about him as simple as possible. Throughout his career in journalism and broadcasting, Gary sees every variation of words that describe someone’s strength and courage, wisdom and humor, kindness and generosity, stubbornness and determination, a sense of mischief, and the joy of the simple joys of life. It would have been. So, to avoid clichés, I’m going to mistakenly quote the line of dialogue from the last episode of the West Wing. This is one of Gary’s favorite programs and is said by one spouse to another with love and pride.
Gary, you did a lot. Lots of good.
ITV news reporter Gary Burgess died at age 46 after a long fight against cancer
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