Born at Owen Sound, Ontario in 1909, he was educated at Bishop Ridley College in St. Catharines, Ontario. He started in journalism as a reporter for the Toronto Globe, in 1928, later working at the Regina Leader-Post, the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix before joining the staff of the Winnipeg Free Press in 1936. His employment was interrupted by service in the Canadian military during the Second World War. He fought at Sicily, where he was wounded. In the Allied invasion of Europe he was in charge of public relations and was responsible for planning the photographic coverage of the Normandy landings.
He established The Maple Leaf, a weekly newspaper for Canadian Forces in Europe, and produced it in association with Jam Cook. He was awarded the Order of the British Empire and the Efficiency Decoration, being mentioned in despatches several times. He later wrote about his wartime experiences in Missing From the Record (1946) and the two-volume A Portrait of War 1939-43 (1983) and The World In Flames 1943-45 (1984).
He returned to the Free Press as Assistant General Manager in 1945. He became Vice-President in 1951 and Publisher in 1961, then President in 1966. He left in 1974 to become Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Toronto Globe and Mail, from which he retired in 1978. He served for many years as a Director of The Canadian Press. While resident in Winnipeg, he was a member of the Manitoba Club, St. Charles Country Club, and Winnipeg Winter Club.
He died at Toronto, Ontario on 24 June 1985.
“Former publisher of Free Press dies,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 June 1985, page 1.
“Richard S. Malone,” Winnipeg Free Press, 25 June 1985, page 6.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 29 November 2022
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