Dave Godfrey, Governor General’s Literary Award winner, co-founder of House of Anansi Press, and in recent years a director of the Cadboro Bay Residents Association, has died. Steven W. Beattie of Quill & Quire writes:
Dave Godfrey was many things: an author and publisher who was at the forefront of the CanLit explosion in the 1960s and ’70s, a teacher, a software developer, and a vintner. He was also a husband, father, and friend; those who knew him speak of his gregarious personality and mercurial mind. Godfrey succumbed to cancer on June 21. He was 76 years old.
According to a Facebook post on a public memorial page, Godfrey had been diagnosed with stage-four pancreatic cancer eight weeks ago. He asked that his condition not be widely publicized, so his death comes as a shock to many in the literary community.