Cartoonist draws on reserves after cruel double blow
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.