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The Daily Press staff is mourning today the loss of former editor Harry Readel.

Readel passed away Wednesday, Jan. 6, at his home in Carlsbad. Services are currently pending.

Readel began with the Daily Press as city and sports editor from 1972-75, covering the Artesia High School athletic programs through some of the most exciting times in their sports histories. He loved the Bulldogs, “bled orange,” and continued to closely follow their progress through the years.

Readel returned to the paper in 2000 as editor, serving in that capacity until his retirement in 2007.

He is remembered as a consummate professional, a dedicated journalist, and a mentor and friend to many of the newspaper’s reporters and staff members, both past and present.