Shirley Crabtree (November 14, 1930 - December 2, 1997), better known by his ring name Big Daddy, was one of the biggest stars of British Wrestling during the 1970s and 1980s and was the main star of … Crowds would take up his chant of "Easy!". Also an additional volunteer within fifty miles. Independent Premium. Still, Big Daddy blamed himself for the mock-asphyxiation's going wrong and retired from wrestling. It remains to be seen, however, whether professional wrestling will ever again reach the level of popularity domestically that it achieved with Big Daddy at the top. Shirley Crabtree ("Big Daddy"), wrestler: born Halifax, West Yorkshire 1937; twice married (six children); died Halifax 2 December 1997. Seduced by the way Elizabeth Taylor referred to the Burl Ives character as Big Daddy, Shirley took up the stage name (in the mid-Eighties, an American novelty band also adopted the Big Daddy monicker). At the time that I became a fan, British wrestling's telly zenith had already passed after ITV binned coverage in 1988. May 4. Save to an Ancestry Tree, a virtual cemetery, your clipboard for pasting or Print. By the mid-Fifties the Crabtree brothers were all following in their father's footsteps and had taken up wrestling. GREAT NEWS! A Hippodrome worker said Big Daddy, 50, whose real name is Shirley Crabtree, stood in the ring shocked when his opponent did not get up. Authorities Monday gave no specific cause of death. She even went further in her position, and helped develop a geriatric, psychiatric day-treatment program for the Gonzales Memorial Hospital. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. SHIRLEY CRABTREE Known as ‘Big Daddy’ in the ring, Shirley Crabtree was a professional English wrestler who became a firm TV favourite during the 1970s. Use the links under “See more…” to quickly search for other people with the same last name in the same cemetery, city, county, etc. It was a laugh a minute. Failed to delete memorial. This site is brought to you by Reach PLC who are a supplier member to. Just a small point in the identification discussion. He would often walk along the Blackpool coast and muse on what might have been. Wrestling had become more of a spectacle than a sport with fights no more than cunning stunts carefully choreographed beforehand. ). Decades on, his legendary clashes with the likes of Giant Haystacks and Mick McManus are still remembered fondly by several generations. Throughout his near 40-year career, the popular grappler, who weighed in at a colossal 25 stone and was famous for his 64-inch chest, was a genuine force to be reckoned with inside the ring – but on the outside of it, the beloved star was considered a 'gentle giant', donating countless hours to children's charity appearances. 'active' : ''"> The sponsor of a memorial may add an additional, No animated GIFs, photos with additional graphics (borders, embellishments. Before ram-raiding and computer games, many a British child spent a not so wholesome Saturday afternoon egging on the leotard-clad Big Daddy as he ditched his glittering cape and top hat before taking on such rivals as Giant Haystacks and Mick McManus. If you notice a problem with the translation, please send a message to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a link to the page and details about the problem. My mum was due to give birth to me when Big Daddy and Giant Haystacks was going to wrestle but she was wanting to watch the match so badly that she demanded I stay in her belly...I was born the Saturday after. try again, the name must be unique, Please As the sport's biggest star in Great Britain, Crabtree became particularly popular among young fans by coming to the ring bedecked in either a sequined cape or his Union Flag jacket and top hat to the theme tune of 'We Shall Not Be Moved' by The Seekers. He worked for Joint Promotions and the British Wrestling Federation. Police said no charges would be filed in the death that stunned the crowd watching the match Sunday night at the Hippodrome arena in Great Yarmouth, 120 miles northwest of London. ', Glitches delay start of Florida recount for senator, governor. explains more about how we use your data, and your rights. 'active' : ''"> You are only allowed to leave one flower per day for any given memorial. Big Daddy concentrated on running his own gym. Shirley Crabtree Sr died in 1975, at the time living in Grimsby. We have 2 volunteers within fifty miles of your requested photo location. December 2, 1997 (aged 60) Trainer. Make sure that the file is a photo. Follow Ben on Twitter at @BenVealPR and Collar & Elbow Wrestling at @CollarAndElbow. GREAT NEWS! Her compassionate personality mixed well with her adventurous side, and would be shown best with her sister-sidekick, Yvonne. She attended Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, where she obtained a degree in education. This is where Shirley found her calling and spent the next 20+ years of her life working as a clinic director and case worker. Please 1952. 'active' : ''"> She was also a volunteer at the Gonzales Animal Shelter, where she fostered many adoring cats. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when × Fifteen minutes into the match Big Daddy, one of Britain's most popular wrestlers, ran and dived on King Kong Kirk in a move he has made famous -- the 'Big Daddy Splashdown.'. Fifteen years ago today, professional wrestling – and the British entertainment scene as a whole – lost one of its best loved faces. Honorary pallbearer: Blake Marrou. A Hippodrome worker said Big Daddy, 50, whose real name is Shirley Crabtree, stood in the ring shocked when his opponent did not get up. It is 15 years since the death of Britain's best loved wrestler, When you subscribe we will use the information you provide to send you these newsletters. Shirley was a cherished, well-known woman in her community; not only from her accomplishments, but for her kindhearted spirit as well. 'The referee went over to the man and then began shouting frantically for a doctor,' he said. It wasn't until after this that her lively journey began. Photos larger than 8Mb will be reduced. His second wife Eunice added an unexpected touch by fashioning her husband a shiny leotard made out of their chintz sofa. We have 2 volunteers within ten miles of your requested photo location. Please complete the captcha to let us know you are a real person. Please contact Find a Grave at email@example.com if you need help resetting your password. Honolulu attorney Jeff Crabtree's mother, Shirley, had a serious fall while hiking and was severely brain-damaged. continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates. Shirley Crabtree Sr died in 1975, at the time living in Grimsby. Please note: You are asking volunteers to find and take a photo of the headstone. You can unsubscribe at any time. Thank you for fulfilling this photo request. real-world solutions, and more. we all miss you big daddy my thoughts are with your wife and family rip big daddy. Yet in the late Seventies and early Eighties, the wrestler Big Daddy became a star on ITV's World of Sport. I became a wrestling fan in the early 1990s, with my first introduction to the sport being the World Wrestling Federation's monumentally successful SummerSlam 1992 show from Wembley Stadium. At first, Shirley used his real name but he would also sometimes be billed as "The Blond Adonis", "Mr Universe" or "The Battling Guardsman" (he had briefly served in the Coldstream Guards). Add to your scrapbook. The "partners-in-crime" could always be found exploring new places, or caves better said. Following Big Daddy's infamous Splash, his rival groaned and turned purple. Enter your email address to recieve a notification for any new activity on this notice. Died. His father Shirley Crabtree, Sr. … While you enjoy our new look and all the great new features, rest assured that we haven’t changed any of the 4.7 million notices or our usual outstanding levels of service. Hippodrome manager Les Rose said the two wrestlers have met in the ring many times before and 'what happened was terribly unexpected. "She was diagnosed to … Under the new, memorable name, attention quickly turned towards Big Daddy as he formed a heel tag team with fellow big man Giant Haystacks – with whom he would have many a legendary clash throughout the 1980s. We do not have any photo volunteers within fifty miles of your requested photo location. Most liked, -1) ? He was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital. Oops, something didn't work. She was born December 13, 1941 in San Antonio, Texas to Elizabeth Collier and Jewel Ronald Williams.