Online tributes to Ray Guy

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A selection of comments and tributes to Ray Guy posted on www.thetelegram.comfollowing news of his death.

"History often preoccupies itself with the principal actors on the stage of life. Only rarely does it pay attention to those who play a lesser role, including the many character actors whose appearance can be pivotal if brief. Ray Guy was not a politician of note, a captain of industry, a media magnate; he was not among the shakers and movers who dominate the stage and capture the spotlight. And yet, mixed among Mr. Guy's many other accomplishments, it was his role in the evolution of democracy in our post-Confederate period that deserves more than a foot-note in the history of this province. He came on the scene when the political management of Canada's newest province was a blatant repudiation of the tenets of democracy. While others in the fourth estate were cowed - reluctant to cross a petty, vindictive administration - Ray Guy was not. He showed dogged determination along with intelligence, insight and courage that regularly exposed corruption and political intrigue. Beyond a handful of worthy opponents in the Legislature, none more than Ray Guy proved a bigger thorn in government's side. He had an uncanny sense of the public pulse. His command of language and his brilliant use of satire made him among the most readable of writers. Yet Guy the person was self-effacing and private. Despite his stint in front of the camera, he neither sought nor felt comfortable in the spotlight. His name doesn't appear in the win column, but students of this province's early history well understand the enormity of his contribution in defeating a rogue administration and ushering in a new standard of political accountability. His passing is a great loss of intellect. At a time when conscientious Canadians of all political persuasions see a renewed threat to our democratic institutions, the memory of Ray Guy should serve as a beacon for those determined to defend them." — PJ Stamp

"Sadly, it is such a big loss for NL, but not enough recognition is being given nation-wide. He wasn't just a great Newfoundland and Labrador writer. He was a great Canadian writer, like Farley Mowat or Robertson Davies. Ray Guy wasn't even given an article on the home page of the National Post. That's ridiculous." — Mark

"This is truly a sad day. Ray was one of the best, our very own Mark Twain. A writer who could make you laugh, cry and scream in rage, often in the same column. A true genius with the written word. He will be missed." — Ed Power

"Fond memories of Ray Guy's column in The Telegram. When I started working in St. John's in the late 60's it was a mad rush at our office to grab The Telegram to read his daily take on Joey's government. He was fantastic." — Phil Walters

"So sorry to hear about Ray Guy's passing. He made reading fun :) As a child growing up I always read his funny stories first ;) I sometimes get in trouble for disturbing the rest of my class for my uncontrollable laughter that always followed reading his stories:) Rest in peace Mr. Guy,your ability to make people laugh will live on forever!" — Kim

"Allow me please to echo the well-written sentiments of P.J. Stamp. He is spot-on when describing the vital contribution of Ray Guy to the evolution of real democracy in Newfoundland. As a young lad, I'd hurry home every afternoon to grab our copy of the then "Evening Telegram." First order of business was to read Ray Guy's column from the Provincial Legislature. This man stuck a fork in the pompous asses of the buffoons of the Smallwood regime. That took a lot of intestinal fortitude at a time when careers were made and lost on the whim of the premier's office. All Newfoundlanders owe a debt of gratitude to Ray Guy. He helped restore dignity to our democratic process and reminded us of what is truly best within the heart of a Newfoundlander/Labradorian. Rest in Peace, good Sir, you will be missed and long-remembered." — "Just the Facts"

"Mr. Guy's contribution to the Times was what I used to look forward to when picking up a copy. I was also fortunate enough to have Mr. Guy speak at my convocation from MUN. What I remember about Mr. Guy's speech was he kinda put out a "call" to NL graduates to stay and make a contribution to the province and reinforced the need for young educated NLers to stay in the province and look for and create opportunities here, not just go to Alberta. This is something myself, and I'm sure other graduates took to heart. Just another example of how Mr. Guy stood up for the province, we need more like him." — John

 

Organizations: National Post, Smallwood, Newfoundlander/Labradorian

Geographic location: Canada, Newfoundland and Labrador, MUN Alberta

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  • Joan Forsey
    May 16, 2013 - 20:26

    What an enormous loss! My sincere condolences to his family, friends, and all those who appreciated him.