A former regional daily newspaper editor has died of a heart attack while on holiday in Morocco.
Richard Wooldridge, editor of The Press in York for almost ten years in the 1980s and 90s died on Sunday, aged 69.
At the time of his death he had been on an activity holiday with his wife Lynda, daughter Henrietta and son Christopher.
Richard was managing director and editor of The Press, then known as the Yorkshire Evening Press, between 1982 and 1991 and went on to become editorial director of its then parent company, Westminster Press.
During his editorship Richard oversaw the paper’s move from Coney Street to its current offices Walmgate in 1989 together with the introduction of new technology.
He was awarded the title of regional editor of the year at the Newspaper Focus Awards in 1991
He led many campaigns including one at the time of the takeover of the city’s Rowntree factory by Nestle, and also oversaw coverage of the 1985 fire which destroyed much of York Minster.
After leaving the YEP he went on to be editorial director of Westminster Press, now part of Newsquest, before joining the International Herald Tribune.
Robert Beaumont, friend and former chief features editor of The Press, said: “He was easily the best editor I ever worked with, along with David Nicholson. He was a very inspirational leader and was a source of huge encouragement to me.
“He was a brilliant motivator and helped me develop my journalistic skills to become chief feature writer.
“He was an outstanding journalist, brilliant editor and someone who loved the heart of York.
“He transformed the Yorkshire Evening Press from a slightly stuffy, if honourable, paper of record to an inspirational, campaigning and award-winning newspaper which contained all that was best in journalism.
“I am desperately sorry to hear this news.”
A funeral service will be held in France and a memorial service, details of which are to be arranged, will take place in York later this year.