Malky McCormick loses wife just months after dementia diagnosis
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.