"Our North Country region was truly blessed to have Sid Couchey with us for so many years," said Calvin Castine of Champlain, who masterminded the Tom Tyler comic books.
"As was the case with our late buddy, Arto Monaco, you don't replace people like Sid Couchey," he said. "You're just thankful that he came along during your lifetime."
Sid had deep faith, Castine added.
"I'm sure the first words Sid heard after closing his eyes for that final time were, 'Well done, my good and faithful servant.'"
LOTS OF FUN
If you knew Sid, you laughed a lot.
The word that best describes him, Castine said, is fun.
"I can't remember ever spending time with Sid and not having fun."
And now heaven, he said, "just got to be a little more fun."
"He was always willing to pull your leg," said Bruce Klink of Willsboro.
Klink helped Sid transport his artwork to several shows and is the proud recipient of the artist's largess, which includes depictions of Klink on a steam engine, since he once worked for Bethlehem Steel.
"He told me my wife looked like Sally Struthers, and so for her birthday he did a caricature of her and wrote, 'Happy Birthday, Sally,'" Frank Walls of Whallonsburg said.
"We made him the unofficial president of the Do Nothing Club, which is a hard thing to do as we don't vote on anything."
With a chuckle, Dean Caveney of Willsboro Point recalled Sid's passion for the Cleveland Indians.
"Of course, my love for the Yankees did not go along with that, which made for a lot of fun," he said.
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