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Couchey remembered for humor, love and kindness

A tribute to Sid Couchey was placed at the front of the Essex Community Church during memorial services June 23.

A tribute to Sid Couchey was placed at the front of the Essex Community Church during memorial services June 23. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Family, friends and community members packed the Essex Community Church June 23 to remember a man of faith, family, art and humor.

The Essex community paid its final respects to cartoonist Sid Couchey, who created the characters Little Dot, Little Lotta, Richie Rich and Rascal the Racoon for Harvey Comics. He died March 11.

The public service was attended by several friends and family who remembered the lifelong Essex resident for his humor and his support of church and family.

“We had many opportunities to talk together, laugh together and pray together,” Rev. John Hunn said. “He once told the members of a Meadowmount ensemble that he was thankful they had come to church because they lowered the average age of the congregation from 80 to 70. It has been a delight to know Sid and to have been his pastor.”

Charlie Lewis spoke of his rendition of the Lake Champlain monster, Champy.

“It will warm the hearts of local residents and people worldwide as long as the water crests on Lake Champlain,” Lewis said. “Sid loved the North Country and he loved its people.”

Lewis also spoke about the two “clubs” Couchey belonged to — the Do Nothing Club and the First Ball Pitchers Hall of Fame, both located in Whallonsburg.

“There is no doubt that Sid attracted many people to this prodigious group, whose mission is to do nothing,” he said. “When he had the chance to throw out the first pitch in Montreal, he seized upon the opportunity for a Couchey extravaganza as he was dressed in his Cleveland (Indians, Couchey’s favorite baseball team) gear, he gave a memorable performance for all the spectators.”

Lewis concluded by speaking of the love Couchey had for his family.

“He loved his children and beautiful families beyond description and adored and loved his wife, Ruth,” he said.

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