Egbert Gaye death: How did the Montreal Black Community Journalist die? Cause of death and obituary

Egbert Gaye cause of death. (Source: Facebook)

Egbert Gaye, the publisher and managing editor of a community newspaper that served the English-speaking Black population of Montreal for more than three decades, has passed away. Social media was flooded with condolences at the news of his passing. Since its founding in 1992, Gaye had served as editor in chief of the Montreal Community Contact. Keep reading to know more about Egbert Gaye cause of death in detail.


Who was Egbert Gaye?

Thousands of Montrealers were familiar with Egbert Gaye because of his work on community Contact, a publication that focused on the city’s Black population, and his contributions to CJAD and the Montreal Gazette daily. Egbert has a degree in journalism and political science with an emphasis in international relations from Concordia University. He founded and served as managing editor of Montreal Community Contact.

The newspaper is renowned for delivering uplifting news articles concerning the Black communities in the city. The Montreal publication Community Contact never publishes a segment without Egbert Gaye’s approval. The managing editor contributes to the newspaper’s writing, editing, and design efforts.

The community publication was started by Gaye 31 years ago. It served and continues to serve as the sole newspaper for Montreal’s English-speaking Black and Caribbean community. The publication, according to the active editor, depicts both the hardship and the positive aspects of the town. These tales aren’t being told solely by Gaye. Four part-time employees and several columnists for Community Contact are all members of the community they serve. Gaye’s son Emar Mitchell also works as a graphic designer. After graduating from graphic design school, he started working for the paper.

Montreal Community Contact/January 28, 2022. (Source:

Around Greater Montreal, there are 70 venues where you can find Community Contact, including convenience stores, churches, and community centers. The managing editor believes that the subsequent generation of young Black journalists will continue to inspire him, support the publication, and produce tales that will be valuable for future generations.

He also provided several Black authors with an opportunity to start their careers in journalism and a platform for columnists to produce opinion pieces that explored the Black experience in Quebec. Gaye frequently contributed columns to the local radio station CJAD.

The Montreal Community Contact received a nomination for the CBC’s Black Changemakers series last year. Yvonne Sam, a board member and newspaper columnist, was questioned at the time about what the paper had accomplished for the Black community. “What has it not done?” she said.

“Without it, we would be adrift,” she claimed. Gaye was praised for having a humorous sense of humor and a receptive leadership style.


How did Egbert Gaye die?

Egbert Gaye, a black community journalist, passed away at age 67. Gaye passed on Sunday night, as reported by his wife.

The editor of Community Contact was highly known for commenting on CJAD and serving as an example for a new generation of Black journalists. Jimmy Zoubris, a fellow CJAD analyst, pointed out that Egbert Gaye’s “moral compass was always on and he never held back on an opinion.”

The Montreal Community Contact writer Gemma Raeburn-Baynes, who oversees the annual Spice Island Cultural Festival and has worked for the publication for at least 25 years, expressed her astonishment and devastation at learning of Gaye’s passing.

Raeburn-Baynes told CBC News,

“Egbert is the last person I expected to die. He was just so full of life,”

“There is a big hole left in the community.”

She called him her “confidante” and someone who “kept the community together.” She remarked, “He was like the glue,” adding that whenever anyone needed to know anything about what had happened in the Black community, “we called Egbert.”

Prior to beginning a 17-year career as a television reporter and anchor, Elysia Bryan-Baynes, Raeburn-Baynes’ niece, also worked for the newspaper. She recalls how involved Gaye was in all aspects of the publication.

Bryan-Baynes said,

“He never doubted our potential and just always told us over and over again that there was a space for us, 

“He really instilled in us the idea that our stories matter. Good stories matter. Positive stories matter and that there was so much more happening that we might not see in other places and it was our responsibility to make sure those stories were told.”

She added that he served as a mentor, offering young journalists under his wing a great deal of advice and encouraging feedback.


Egbert Gaye cause of death

Egbert Gaye cause of death was not disclosed yet. There are no information available about Egbert Gaye cause of death. Medico topics have been trying to reach out to the family and relatives for comment on the incident. So far no responses have been received. We will update the page once enough information is available. More information on Egbert Gaye cause of death will be added soon.


Tributes to Egbert Gaye

The passing of Egbert Gaye has sparked an outpouring of sympathy for the Egbert Gaye family from the Journalist community and beyond.

Dimitrous Jim wrote: “Extremely sad and shocking news today of the sudden passing of Egbert Gaye. Aside from his numerous professional accomplishments one being the founder and editor of Montreal’s Community Contact, he was a kind and beautiful man who did nothing but good for all he crossed passed with. I am privileged to have called him my friend and the world is a weaker place without his presence. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to his family and to all who new him. #RIP 😢”

Beryl wrote: “Tragic news today of the sudden death of my friend Egbert Gaye. A great heart is no more. A vital voice is silent. As founder, publisher and editor of Community Contact he not only informed, but gave a community dignity, courage and advocacy on so many challenges and injustices it faced. It was my privilege to gave stood by his side so many times, and my honour to have had him stand by mine. At this moment in our history, when we are once again at the barricades for justice and equity, his passing leaves an incomparable void. He will be sorely missed…Rest in peace my friend. To paraphrase the poet Robert Frost, “There were miles to go before you slept.” But Egbert, you stayed the course and you fought the good fight…More cannot be asked of any man…”



The family has stated that Egbert Gaye’s funeral plans would be made public at a later date. This means that the family is putting together the necessary details regarding his passing and the scheduled funeral service as soon as they can. Egbert Gaye’s neighborhood, friends, and acquaintances will be able to honor his life and pay their respects after the obituary and funeral arrangements are made public.

One of the worst things anyone can go through in life is losing a loved one. Any journey must have a destination at the end. The person’s time on earth has regrettably come to an end now that they have died. We wish him eternal peace and send our thoughts and prayers to his loved ones, family, friends. May he rest in peace.

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