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Roy Peterson passes at age 77

Sad news from the Vancouver Sun.

In more than 40 years with The Vancouver Sun, editorial cartoonist Roy Peterson won more National Newspaper Awards than any other Canadian journalist. Behind all that success, friends remember a low-key man with a wry sense of humour who was a willing mentor to many younger cartoonists.

“He didn’t try to teach them the art of cartooning,” said longtime friend and former Sun colleague Jack Lee. “He mostly concentrated with them in trying to broaden their thought patterns so they would come up some something different from the ordinary facts.

“That’s what makes a good cartoon.”

I met him only once, but have admired his artwork for years.

Community Comments

#1 Paul Combs
@ 1:47 pm

This is very sad news! Roy was a true gentleman.

#2 Susan Camilleri Konar
@ 4:43 pm

A true gentleman indeed?and one great talent. (The Van Sun lost its heart and soul when they let him go back in 2009.)

#3 Donald A. Rex Jr.
@ 9:03 pm

I could only find one cartoon linked to this story. Can anyone post other links to Mr Peterson’s work?

#4 Brian Basset
@ 12:29 pm

A true gentleman and one of cartooning’s all-time greats.

#5 Susan Camilleri Konar
@ 12:38 pm

#6 Donald A. Rex Jr.
@ 8:37 pm

Thank you for that wonderful link Ms. Konar. I found nearly 500 of Roy Peterson’s cartoons since 2000 in less than a minute! This is a valuable site and I plan to explore it often in the future.

#7 Susan Camilleri Konar
@ 12:45 pm

You’re welcome, Donald. While you’re on there you should also check out some of Len Norris’s fabulous stuff.

#8 Donald A. Rex Jr.
@ 3:13 pm

You are correct Susan; that Norris fellow is amazing. I was struck by so many, like the here linked cartoon, that still ring true after many decades and across National borders. Bravo Canada!

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