Dave Milton RIP

It is with sad news that I announce that Dave Milton has passed away after a long battle with Leukemia.

His funeral will be in Halifax on 9th January 2018 and it is at Park Wood Crematorium Halifax. Post Code is HX5 9HZ.

I first met Dave when he was county captain in the early eighties when I made my debut for the 2nd team. Back then there were two Yorkshire teams but they were over 24 boards each. It must have been a huge logistical nightmare trying to get 48 players up and down the country before the days of emails and mobile phones. But Dave comfortably and successfully managed it with his small network of loyal vice captains. A position I also took up for him after a couple of years.

Dave took on the role of Yorkshire Correspondence chess captain when he returned to Halifax in the late nineties. He attracted a number of strong players to represent Yorkshire and we soon became the top county winning the Ward Higgs on a number of occasions. Dave left a legacy in Yorkshire correspondence chess which has helped us become the most successful county in recent years.

Dave never gave me bad advice in my period as Yorkshire Chess Association President for which I will be ever grateful. He was always an insightful and good judge of character and was very proud of any good Yorkshire chess achievements.


Steve Mann has written an obituary on his site and this can be read here.

Former Yorkshire Chess Association President and Secretary. I'm not the brains of the editorial team but I can live with being a glorified typist as well as the resident grammar pedant. I have captained Bradford A in the Woodhouse cup for over 30 years. I'm fairly easy going, sometimes diplomatic and I think my enthusiasm is infectious but not life threatening. The English chess world needs to wake up and smell the coffee before league chess collapses altogether.


6 Responses to “Dave Milton RIP”

  1. Adrian Dawson

    Dec 27. 2017

    Dave was a stalwart of Yorkshire Cjess and latterly, when he returned to Halifax, he not only founded the Todmorden Chess Club but he also, despite his ill health, ferried players around Calderdale to enable the Todmorden Team to win a number of trophies. When he finally resigned himslf to be not capable of providing these services to his players, The Todmorden Chess Club went into decline and was super-cerdded by The Golden Lion. However Dave could not leave chess alone and he returned to playing the game for Belgrave Chess Club until his sad demise,
    Dave will be sorely missed by all who had the benefit of his advice and support.
    R.I.P. Dave.

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  2. John Lawson

    Dec 27. 2017

    So sorry to hear sad news of Dave Miltons passing. He and I had an excellent partnership in Hull and we were responsible for congresses at Hull and Bridlington. He also took over from me when I gave up the secretaryship of HDCA and was an original member of St Andrews Chess club.

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  3. Rupert

    Dec 28. 2017

    Very sad news. A real gentleman and I also discovered he could also play in the only game we played in the im brown about 2006/7 when I had to grovel a draw.
    The most amazing thing and it certainly points at his remarkable inner strength is what Steve Mann mentions in his obituary and it is that Dave was Yorkshire’s longest surviving cancer patient at 25 years. Astonishing show of mental strength. R I P Dave.

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  4. steve King

    Dec 28. 2017

    On behalf of Hull & District Chess Association very sad news.on the passing of Dave Milton
    R.I.P Dave

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  5. Peter Cloudsdale

    Dec 30. 2017

    What a real shame. David was a really good person who was always happy to help others.
    He will be sadly mossed.. He coped with cancer admirably and am very sorry to hear this news
    Our thoughts are with all his friends and family

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  6. Dave

    Jan 03. 2018

    Calderdale Chess will miss our friend Dave a great deal. His enthusiasm, energy and commitment as an organiser and team Captain were highly valued and as a player he was always resourceful and full of fight.

    I’ve published a tribute article alongwith a couple of his games on the Hebden Bridge website: http://www.hebdenbridgechessclub.co.uk/remembering-dave-milton/

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