Farmers Guardian cartoonist Ken Wignall has died aged 81.
Mr Wignall, from Bamber Bridge, Preston, Lancashire, had been FG’s resident cartoonist for more than 40 years and started working for the then newspaper under the editorship of Stuart Seaton.
He died on May 1 after short illness. Such was his dedication to his art that his last cartoon appeared in FG on April 27, with Mr Wignall adamant he wanted to keep working as long as possible.
FG editor Ben Briggs said: “Ken was a wonderful cartoonist and his satirical view of farming life was widely appreciated by our readers, often ranking as one of the most well-loved parts of the publication in reader surveys.
“Moreover, Ken was a wonderful person and someone who had a wicked sense of humour. We will miss those Wednesday morning phone calls which invariably got press day off to a raucous start as he detailed what he was working on.
Very sorry to hear this - Ken was a true gentleman and his visits to the FG office always brightened my day when I was editor.— Liz Falkingham Temple (@JournoLizF)
He did a wonderful cartoon for me as a leaving present from the staff and I treasure it t.co/v0ESBmlUfv
😥we will miss him his work always brought a smile and thoughts— Jon Stanley (@JonStanley10)
\uD83D\uDE25we will miss him his work always brought a smile and thoughts— Jon Stanley (@JonStanley10) May 11, 2018
“He was held in such high esteem by everyone at FG and our thoughts are with his family at this time.”
An illustrator for 58 years, Mr Wignall also worked for the Lancashire Evening Post producing a football strip cartoon for its sports pages, as well as managing other art studios across the newspaper group.
There will be a private family funeral on May 16.