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

Elderly 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.

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.”

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