February 5, 2016 1:11 am
Updated: February 5, 2016 1:13 am

97-year-old Abbotsford cartoonist shows no signs of putting down sketch pad

WATCH: Global News catches up with a man who’s dedicated decades of his life to drawing thousands of cartoons. He’s now 97 years young, and still has oodles of doodles left in him.

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Ernie Poignant is celebrating his 97th birthday by doing what he loves – drawing.

Born in a Matsqui farmhouse a few months after the First World War started, Ernie still has a steady hand and an eye for wildlife.

Back in the sixties, he used to draw for kids on the Pete’s Place TV show that aired on Global BC – then called CHAN channel 8 on that old rotary dial.

“He’d have me come up, and one of the things I’d draw [was] a snowball coming down the hill.”

His cartoons are living history – he has documented epic Fraser Valley events like the great flood of 1948.

Ernie has been married to Rose Poignant for over 60 years – but she didn’t fall just for the art.

“I thought he was good-looking, and I was looking for a good-looking man,” said Rose, “and a nice man too. And he was both.”

Ernie’s trademark is taking someone’s initials and making them special – even the initials T.F. turn into Ted and a bear.

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