Car­toon­ist draws on re­serves af­ter cruel dou­ble blow

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - MEMORY WALKS - By Mur­ray Scougall mscougall@sun­day­post.com

DRAW­ING has been his life and, af­ter a dev­as­tat­ing di­ag­no­sis, Malky McCormick is still find­ing com­fort in putting pen to pa­per.

One of Scot­land’s best known car­toon­ists, Malky, 74, was told he had vas­cu­lar de­men­tia six months ago.

He en­dured an­other heart­break­ing blow last month when his wife, Ann, died af­ter a long bat­tle with cancer. They had been mar­ried for 40 years.

Malky con­tin­ues to draw, how­ever, and lends an ex­pert hand at a weekly art class at Kilmarnock’s de­men­tia re­source cen­tre.

His daugh­ter Jane, who lives in Manch­ester, comes back to Ayr­shire as of­ten as pos­si­ble to be with her dad.

“He’s only been in respite care for a few weeks,” said Jane.

“Some days he is bril­liant. But then there are oth­ers when he’s re­ally con­fused.

“Al­though he was only di­ag­nosed six months ago, we think he’s had it for two or three years.

“My dad’s like a car­toon, full of fun, so maybe that’s why it took so long for him to be di­ag­nosed.”

Ann did ev­ery­thing for Malky, even when she was sick, so Jane knew her dad would go down­hill when her mum passed away.

“He does know she’s dead, but it’s like he can’t put all the parts to­gether and doesn’t re­alise it’ s his wife,” she con­tin­ued.

“I try not to up­set him, so some­times I’ll just say she’s gone to the shops.”

Malky, who also has two sons, Do­minic and Sean, drew from an early age and was al­ways a skilled car­i­ca­tur­ist.

He worked for DC Thom­son, draw­ing Biffo the Bear for The Beano, and con­trib­uted to a num­ber of na­tional news­pa­pers.

He was also res­i­dent car­toon­ist on long-run­ning STV game show, Win,

■ Malky McCormick draws Sun­day Post writer Mur­ray at the de­men­tia re­source cen­tre.

■ The car­i­ca­tur­ist with daugh­ter Jane and grand­son Archie.

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