until i read this obituary, i did not know who was considered responsible for my love of reading the telegraph obituaries! i believe it was this man, hugh massingberd. read his obit here.
"Massingberd had been struck by Brief Lives, Roy Dotrice's one-man show about Aubrey at the Criterion theatre. This made writing obituaries fun, seeing how close you could get to Aubrey without becoming archaic. The new style drew in many new readers, and, surprisingly, there were few complaints. Once, a visitor, being shown around the Telegraph, was told by his embarrassed guide that the place where all the unseemly laughter was coming from was where they wrote the obituaries."