Rex Pardoe has died aged 85

East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Former Guardian editor Rex Pardoe has died Former Guardian editor Rex Pardoe has died

Tributes have poured in for former Guardian boss Rex Pardoe who has died aged 85.

A four-decade career saw him rise from cub reporter to managing director of this newspaper group before his retirement in 1989.

The father of five and charity worker was born in Edmonton before moving to Chingford.

He fell in love with journalism after his very first job for the newspaper – interviewing the chairman of the Chingford Rabbit Club on how to supplement a meat ration.

Over the years Mr Pardoe rose through the ranks and became editor of the Walthamstow Guardian – with colleagues remembering him as a “true newspaper man” whose wit could be as stinging as his occasional furies.

Despite numerous calls from Fleet Street, Mr Pardoe remained at the Guardian during a time of huge change in the industry.

Mr Pardoe once said of his dedication to the Guardian: “I guess I just loved the job so much.
“We used to say we shouldn’t get paid for a job we loved doing.”

He was married to Rose (Lyn) Sawyer for 65 years, after meeting her during a country 
ramble.

Former Guardian sports editor John Burton remembered Mr Pardoe as a “mentor and friend” who was a “true enthusiast for the job”.

Mr Pardoe, who died on Wednesday March 19, is survived by his wife, a son and four daughters, 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

His funeral is being held on Friday, March 28, at the City of London Crematorium’s North Chapel.

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12:37pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Helen, Walthamstow says...

It should be said that Rex was for many years actively involved with the Whitefield School and Centre in Macdonald Road, Walthamstow, which works with children who have severe learning and physical disabilitities.

He was a truly lovely person. While he could be brusque with what he thought was foolishness, his kindness was boundless, as anyone who witnessed his generosity to individuals and to organisations will know.

He cared deeply not only for his staff at the newspaper group but also for the communities they served. A great journalist!
It should be said that Rex was for many years actively involved with the Whitefield School and Centre in Macdonald Road, Walthamstow, which works with children who have severe learning and physical disabilitities. He was a truly lovely person. While he could be brusque with what he thought was foolishness, his kindness was boundless, as anyone who witnessed his generosity to individuals and to organisations will know. He cared deeply not only for his staff at the newspaper group but also for the communities they served. A great journalist! Helen, Walthamstow
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3:28pm Wed 26 Mar 14

Villagecranberry says...

Helen, Walthamstow wrote:
It should be said that Rex was for many years actively involved with the Whitefield School and Centre in Macdonald Road, Walthamstow, which works with children who have severe learning and physical disabilitities.

He was a truly lovely person. While he could be brusque with what he thought was foolishness, his kindness was boundless, as anyone who witnessed his generosity to individuals and to organisations will know.

He cared deeply not only for his staff at the newspaper group but also for the communities they served. A great journalist!
And could spell.
[quote][p][bold]Helen, Walthamstow[/bold] wrote: It should be said that Rex was for many years actively involved with the Whitefield School and Centre in Macdonald Road, Walthamstow, which works with children who have severe learning and physical disabilitities. He was a truly lovely person. While he could be brusque with what he thought was foolishness, his kindness was boundless, as anyone who witnessed his generosity to individuals and to organisations will know. He cared deeply not only for his staff at the newspaper group but also for the communities they served. A great journalist![/p][/quote]And could spell. Villagecranberry
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