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March 13, 2012

Essex cartoonist, artist Sid Couchey dies

North Country icon remembered for great art and soul

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PLATTSBURGH —

Boisen said he will be greatly missed.

"He's always been lovely, he and his wife, Ruth. I think so highly of both of them."

'FULL OF WHIMSY'

"Although Sid was full of humor, he was not profane, and did not like harsh language," Dr. Nick Muller of Essex said. "Sid was a true gentleman. He loved talking to people, especially when he did things like setting up a booth during Essex Days to sell his Champy prints."

Local historian Morris Glenn first met Sid in the 1960s, and the two worked together on several publications, the most recent entitled "A Walk Around Whallons Bay," expected to be published this summer.

Another book they collaborated on, "A Sketch Book of Essex County Railroad Stations," shows Sid's attention to details with his precise pen and ink drawings.

The two also shared a fascination with Champy.

"He was the Pied Piper of Champ," Glenn said.

THE PEARLY GATES

When Sid learned his time on earth was winding down, he had Ruth phone the news to his friends in the North Country and beyond.

And she passed along the message that he was thinking about them.

Last week, his daughter, Laura, her husband, Tony, and their children, Lucas and Cristian, traveled to Inman to spend time with Sid.

"We had a great day Friday," Suze said.

A service for Sid will take place in Inman and another will be held in Essex in late spring or early summer, she said.

She also smiles at the thought of Sid in heaven, bringing along his endless ideas and cast of many cartoon characters.

Richie Rich, Little Lotta, Little Dot.

Laura said it best on her Facebook page, Suze said, when she wrote: "I wonder how the Pearly Gates will look with dots on them."

— Staff Writer Lohr McKinstry contributed to this story.

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