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DEREK Crozier, a well-known retired local teacher and international crossword compiler has died, aged 92.
The former St George’s, Harare, schoolmaster died unexpectedly at Nyanga at the family cottage for the Easter weekend.

 

He was taken ill while drinking tea on Good Friday morning, and despite rallying in the Nyanga hospital, died before he could be moved to Harare.

 

Many Old Georgians will remember him as a teacher at Saints and also as the master in charge of the Debating Society.

What many may not know is that Derek composed the daily crossword for the Irish Times in Dublin continually since 1943 –– a period of 67 years –– and was doing so up to the time of his death.
This must surely be a record for any crossword compiler anywhere in the world? His crosswords were published under the nom-de-plume Crosaire.

A memorial service, well attended by many former pupils, was held in the St George’s College Chapel.

 

Dusty Miller

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