The Michener Awards Foundation board mourns the passing of board member James Deacon, who served on the board from 2008 until his death last week.
James was a dedicated colleague and exceptional journalist who cared deeply about the Michener Awards and its public-service journalism mission. He carried on a family tradition by helping to ensure that the Michener Deacon Fellowships continued to support investigative journalism.
“Jamie’s and my father worked together and were always fiercely proud of having been awarded the first-ever Michener Prize for the Financial Post. Jamie inherited his father’s love of the news and, with it, the belief that journalists have an important role to play in a free and fair society. In recent years, while his strength waned, his courage and good humour never faltered, and he never complained. Instead, he soldiered on, choosing to devote his energies to his family and to making Canadian journalism better and more sustainable. This passion will be greatly missed by all of us — not just his friends and family, but all Canadians who value the role of journalists in our communities.”
– James Baxter, Michener Foundation
“Lovely writer, lovely man:’ journalist James Deacon defined decency.”
– Anthony Wilson-Smith, Jan 21, 2020