It is with deep sadness that we have to let you know that Big Dave died peacefully on Wednesday evening. He had been in ill health for some time and was still grieving the death of his wife Pam earlier this year.
Big Dave set up this blog in January 2009 blogging first the Toughie Crossword and soon after the other Telegraph Cryptic Crosswords. Since that time the blog has grown well beyond Dave’s initial expectations. It has become an institution in its own right with over 68,249,810 page views and a dedicated community of readers and bloggers.
As well as blogging the Telegraph crosswords, one of Big Dave’s biggest achievements was to foster new crossword setters, first with the Not The Saturday Prize Puzzle and later with the Rookie Corner. Many current nationally published setters first cut their teeth on the pages of this blog.
We do not know what the family’s wishes are for the funeral or when this will be. When we have news from Richard, David’s son, we will let you know. Please remember Richard in your thoughts as he has lost his mother and father in a very short period of time.
One possibility we are considering is having a blog drinks one weekend where those who want to can come to raise a glass in Dave’s memory.
If you want to leave messages of condolence, please do so below and we will pass them on to Richard.
May Dave rest in peace.