Malky McCormick loses wife just months af­ter de­men­tia di­ag­no­sis

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - MEMORY WALKS -

Lose Or Draw. But Jane has her own spe­cial mem­o­ries of her dad’ s tal­ents.

“When I was in pri­mary one I had a lazy eye and had to wear an eye patch. “That’s the sort of thing that would get you bul­lied, but he would draw a dif­fer­ent car­toon on it every week – a flower, Mickey Mouse – and in­stead it made me re­ally cool.”

Malky’s friend­ship with Billy Connolly dates back to the ’ 70s. They col­lab­o­rated on a comic strip for a Sun­day newspaper as Billy’s comedic star rose.

Jane said: “He and Billy were as thick as thieves.” Malky re­vealed: “I met Billy through my band, The Vind­screen Vipers, and

we be­came friends. We ended up do­ing a col­lec­tion of car­toons called The Big Yin, which I’m proud of.”

Other work he’s par­tic­u­larly fond of is a Rolling Stones draw­ing that the band au­to­graphed in 1966, a car­toon for the Celtic Opus book and a sketch of the Kilmarnock Scot­tish Cup-win­ning team of 1997.

It’s im­por­tant for grand­fa­ther-of-five Malky’s fam­ily that he con­tin­ues to at­tend the art class at the bustling re­source cen­tre.

The class is open to ev­ery­one and Malky is cur­rently work­ing with vol­un­teer Liz Reid on a pos­si­ble book.

Jane said: “Of­ten he comes back from the art group and is in re­ally high spirits. I love to hear him when he sounds like that.”

Malky added: “All of the places I worked in my ca­reer val­ued me as an artist. I’m en­joy­ing work­ing with Liz in the art class on a new project.”

■ Malky’s Big Yin car­toon.

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