Edward H. Shur, 54

Past editor at Sun, Carroll County Times known for work ethic

December 29, 2006

Edward H. Shur, the executive editor of two small Ohio newspapers who had worked at The Sun and Carroll County Times, died of hypertensive heart disease Wednesday at his Port Clinton, Ohio, home. He was 54.

Born in New York City and raised in Rockville Centre, N.Y., he earned a journalism degree at the University of Rhode Island.

In the late 1970s, Mr. Shur was news director of radio stations in Rhode Island, Delaware and Maryland before becoming night editor at The Carroll County Times in Westminster. He joined The Sun as Howard County bureau chief in 1984 and opened the Carroll County bureau as its chief in October 1984. He became the paper's night metropolitan editor in 1992, a post he held for a year.

"He worked extremely hard, probably putting in 60 hours in some weeks," said Lowell E. Sunderland, a retired Sun editor. "He made it a point to learn and really know that community. He had good journalistic instincts and good journalistic skills."

After leaving The Sun, he became executive news editor and general manager of Minnesota Sun Publications in Bloomington, Minn., and was later an editor for the Gannett newspaper chain's Reno Gazette-Journal in Nevada.

Earlier this year, he became executive editor of The News-Messenger at Fremont, Ohio, and the News Herald at Port Clinton.

"He lived and breathed for his work," said his brother, Irwin Shur of Tampa, Fla. "The irony was that he had just taken over as executive editor of those papers. It was the job he had been waiting years for."

Mr. Shur also ran the news operation of a monthly publication, the Fishwrapper, which contains fishing and recreational boating stories, the Equine Times and the Farmer's Advance, published in Camden, Mich.

His brother said that Mr. Shur, who was unmarried, was devoted to his extended family. He also enjoyed cooking.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Beth Moses Cemetery in Farmingdale, N.Y.

In addition to his brother, survivors include his mother, Harriet Steiner of Daytona Beach, Fla.; a sister, Sandi Meshbane of Coram, N.Y.; two nieces and a nephew.

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