Tributes have been paid to a former newspaper proprietor who has died from cancer nearly 12 months after selling his family-owned publishing firm.
Robin, pictured, stepped down as managing director of the group on his 65th birthday in 2016 before the company was sold to Newsquest last year.
He died, aged 68, at his home in Scaleby, Cumbria on Friday following a battle with cancer.
Jonathan Lee, managing director of Newsquest Cumbria, said: “This is such sad news. Robin was a true gentleman, highly respected across the industry and across the community.
“He was passionate about making sure the media served its community, always taking a keen interest in everyone he met. He will be sadly missed by everyone who knew him. All our thoughts are with Alex and the family.”
David Newell, chief executive of the News Media Association added: “Robin Burgess was a newspaper publisher of principle and integrity, who understood the community role of local newspapers and their capacity for public good.
“He served the Newspaper Society as President and in this role and other industry positions was a robust defender of the freedom to publish and the need for the industry to stand together against state interference and regulation. On all the big calls, his judgment was right, and the newsmedia world will miss his strong, independent voice.”
Robin leaves a wife Alex and four children, Rose, Kate, Rachel and James.
A family spokesman said: “Robin was a very good, decent and kind man, aware of his responsibilities to his community and all around him. He loved his family, his county and his newspapers. We shall miss him.”
Robin was awarded the Journalists’ Charity Award for services to the industry at the 2015 Regional Press Awards on a day when two of his group’s titles – the News & Star and the Cumberland News – also won Newspaper of the Year prizes.
A private funeral will be held in Scaleby with a memorial service to be held later in Carlisle.