Gary Burgess – 13 November 1975 – was a journalist in the Channel Islands.
After leaving school at age 17 he started his broadcasting career in 1992 working at Blackpool’s new station Radio Wave 96.5.
He also worked at Wire FM in Warrington, at Q96 in Renfrewshire, at Liverpool’s Juice FM and as group programme controller for UTV’s radio stations in the north of England.
Burgess made the move to ITV Channel Television’s Guernsey office in 2011, and to their Jersey office in March 2012 where he began producing the nightly 6pm news programme.
He returned to commercial radio in 2018, joining the presenting line-up at Channel 103.
Gary married his long-term partner Alan in 2018, becoming the first same-sex couple in Jersey to convert a civil partnership to a marriage after the island legalised same-sex marriage.
In 1999 when he was aged 23, Burgess was diagnosed with testicular cancer, which spread to his chest and lungs, receiving three months of chemotherapy. In 2014 the cancer had returned to his lungs and in 2015 he had parts of his right lung removed. He underwent further surgery in August 2016 to remove cancerous tissue between his heart and windpipe.
In 2016 Burgess began to suffer from exhaustion, brain fog, headaches and nausea. In January 2017 he was signed off work for 18 months and was eventually diagnosed as having myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME), also known as chronic fatigue syndrome.
On 3 November 2020, Burgess was told in a video call with his oncology consultant in Southampton that his cancer was terminal with no treatment available, and that he would have six to twelve months to live.
Burgess had been open about his experience of cancer through a blog, newspaper articles and television interviews.
He died from cancer on 1 January 2022 at Jersey Hospice Care, at the age of 46.
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