Ken Rice, left, joined the East Anglian Daily Times as a sports reporter in 1962 and rose to become editor, presiding over the highest sales figures in the title’s history as circulation nudged 50,000.
He retired from editorship in 1993, to care for his parents, before returning to his first love of sports reporting at the end of his career.
Ken also edited sister daily the Ipswich Star during his career and, away from work, played cricket for the Essex 2nd XI alongside future England captain Keith Fletcher.
Terry Hunt, current EADT editor, said: “Ken was a great journalist and editor. He had an intuitive understanding of his readers, and during his editorship the EADT enjoyed a period of unprecedented growth.
“Ken understood the ‘personality’ of the EADT as a balanced, thoughtful and certainly non-sensational newspaper and you can still see much of his influence in the paper to this day.’’
Ken began his career with the East Essex Gazette in his hometown of Clacton-on-Sea before joining the EADT.
He worked his way through the journalistic ranks to become editor of the Suffolk Mercury Series, then the Evening Star, and finally the EADT.
A talented cricketer in his younger days, Ken was also a dedicated family man.
He married Liz in 1964, and they went on to have four children. The family settled in Bramford, near Ipswich, in 1965, and this has remained the family home ever since.