Malcolm, who passed away in his home town of Harrogate, remained a regular contributor to sister title The Yorkshire Post and continued to write for the paper until days before his death.
In his final column, published on 5 September, he paid tribute to the Queen as she prepared to become the nation’s longest-reigning monarch.
During his stint in charge at the YEP Malcolm launched the newspaper’s Half and Half appeal to raise funds for two Leeds hospices.
The campaign is still run annually to this day and is believed to be the longest running newspaper charity campaign in the country.
Chris Bye, who succeeded Malcolm as YEP editor, said: “Malcolm became a legend in all newspaper journalism.
“He was a highly skilled writer and editor who made a great impact on the community he so ably served. He was well-loved by his staff and will be sadly missed.”
Tracy Dick, director of fundraising at St Gemma’s Hospice, said Malcolm had shown tremendous support for the city’s hospices.
“The Half and Half Appeal has raised millions over the years, enabling the hospices to provide expert medical and nursing care to many thousands of local people in need of specialist end-of-life care. We will forever be grateful.,” she said.
Malcolm was born into a distinguished journalism family in Whitby where both his father and grandfather had been editors of the Whitby Gazette.
After attending Whitby Grammar School, he joined that paper as a reporter, moving to the Doncaster Chronicle and the South Yorkshire edition of the Yorkshire Evening Post after national service with the RAF.
While working in the Doncaster office he met his future wife, fellow journalist Janet Greenwood, whom he married in 1958.
The previous year, Malcolm had transferred to the paper’s head office in Albion Street, Leeds, where he became a features and leader writer, combining jobs which had previously been carried out by two full-time colleagues.
After a brief stint as features editor of the Yorkshire Post from 1967-69, he was appointed deputy editor of the YEP under the late John Edwards, and the following year was made editor.
He continued to be a prolific writer in retirement, producing his weekly YP column as well as a number of books.
Malcolm is survived by his wife Janet, their children Thea and Patrick, five grandchildren and a great grandson.