Video: In Memory of Cartoonist Peter Woolcock

December 5, 2014

A video clip produced by LookTV serves to honour the life and work of Peter Woolcock, who was killed yesterday [Dec 4] after being struck by a car in the Par-La-Ville Road area.

The video features Mr. Woolcock, a talented cartoonist whose work regularly appeared in the Royal Gazette, as he discusses his career, which had spanned 54 years at the time of filming.

Mr. Woolcock is pictured below taking part in the recent Remembrance Day parade.

Peter Woolcock Bermuda, November 11 2014-2

At the time, Mr. Woolcock described his beginnings as a political cartoonist in Bermuda by saying, “I eventually came to Bermuda, that was in ’81. And I realized there was a market for political – there was nothing in that particular niche of political cartooning.”

“In ’83, there was an election, and the situation became so irrestistable that I took two or three cartoons into the papers and it sort of took off from there.”

Video courtesy of LookBermuda archive, filmed in 2008

The Look Bermuda video, edited by Milton Raposo, with camera work by Ben Watson, features Mr. Woolcock reflecting on many aspects of his career, with the Bermudian flavour of his work taking the spotlight.

Of cartooning on the island, Mr. Woolcock says, “I compare myself to my contemporaries in the States and in Britain; I couldn’t do what they do. They really are, sometimes, pretty vicious.

“I don’t think there’s any room or need for that here – I think ours is, dare I say, a gentler society.”

In paying tribute to Mr. Woolcock yesterday, Premier Michael Dunkley said, “He had a unique perspective of Bermuda, its politics and its culture and he shared that through his illustrations. He was a great talent, and he will be missed.”

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  1. OH VEY! says:

    holy moly

  2. My condolence to his family and close friends… :-(

  3. Yes I says:

    Never knew the man but loved the cartoons. RIP.

  4. Jeremy Deacon says:

    Lovely. When I left the RG one of the things I missed most was the Thursday morning when Peter arrived with his cartoon. He would sit and chat for five minutes, share an anecdote, have a laugh and then leave. I learned to cherish those five minutes.

  5. hmmm says:

    Very sad.

    Loved his humour, loved his drawing and loved his lizards.

    (Rest In Pencils)

  6. Hazel says:

    Wishing condolences to the family of Mr. Woolcock. I never knew him but found his work very entertaining and thought provoking. May he rest in peace.