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Week of May 31, 2004
Former Calgary religion writer dies
By ART BABYCH
Canadian Catholic News
The funeral Mass for Gordon Legge, a former religion reporter for the Calgary Herald, and founder of the Centre for Faith and the Media, was held in Ascension Catholic Church May 18.
Legge, 56, went missing in the mountains near Calgary on Feb. 22 and his remains were found May 11. He was married and had one son.
Jocelyn Burgener, chair of the board of the Centre for Faith and the Media, said his "vision and leadership in establishing the centre reflect his dedication to his profession and service to others."
The Centre for Faith and the Media is an independent, non-profit organization to inform, advise and help media and the general public achieve a stronger understanding of spiritual history, practices and values in Canadian society.
Burgener also said in a statement posted on the web site of the centre, "With humility and faith he crafted and shaped our organization, and his dedication and passion have been an inspiration to us all."
In his modest way, she said, "Gordon defined his objective to 'Work with the news industry and faith communities across North America to improve the level of religion coverage, hence promoting a greater level of tolerance and understanding in the community at large.'"
The statement concluded, "Gordon's integrity and genuine commitment to the community he served were his hallmarks and will forever inspire our efforts. The Centre for Faith and the Media is now the legacy of a man who never sought one."
At the time of his death, Legge was working with the Billy Graham Evangelical Association/Samaritan's Purse. He had also written several freelance articles for the WCR between 1999 and 2002.
Born and raised in Calgary, he attended the University of Calgary and began a journalism career that spanned over 30 years, starting with the Calgary Herald in the newspaper's Banff office.
He wrote news articles for the Canadian Press, Ottawa Citizen, Toronto Star and McLean's and became religion editor of the Herald in 1987.
He also travelled the world on assignments, sending reports from countries including Rwanda, Central America and the former Soviet Union.