Tuesday, 28 September 2021

Fleet Street cartoonist Bernard Cookson dies

CARTOONIST Bernard Cookson has died, aged 79.

CARTOONIST Bernard Cookson has died, aged 79.

He passed away peacefully at his home in Henley on Tuesday. He had been battling cancer for many months.

Bernard was born in Manchester in 1937 and raised there but had lived in and around Henley for more than 30 years.

He called Henley home and was well known and well loved locally.

During his long career, his cartoons appeared in the London Evening News, where he was the resident cartoonist, as well as in Punch magazine and later in the Sporting Life, the Express Newspaper Group’s publications, the Sun and the Mail on Sunday.

More recently, he was a cartoon contributor to both The Oldie and The Spectator.

He also worked on private commissions, including a suite of cartoons for Leander Club in Henley.

He leaves a wife in Henley and a son and family in Perth, Australia.

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