A former weekly editor who went on to become managing director of his group of titles has died aged 85.
Rex Pardoe joined the Waltham Forest Guardian series as a cub reporter and rose to become editor and then MD.
His first job for the newspaper was interviewing the chairman of the Chingford Rabbit Club – on how to supplement meat rations.
Colleagues on the title, now owned by Newsquest, remembered Rex as a “true newspaper man whose wit could be as stinging as his occasional furies.”
Former Guardian sports editor John Burton described him as a “mentor and friend” who was a “true enthusiast for the job”.
A father-of-five, Rex opted to remain with the Guardian despite numerous calls from Fleet Street.
He said of his dedication to the paper: “I guess I just loved the job so much. We used to say we shouldn’t get paid for a job we loved doing.”
Rex, who died on 19 March, is survived by his wife of 65 years Lyn, a son and four daughters, 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
His funeral was held on Friday at the City of London Crematorium’s North Chapel.