Memorable Manitobans: Peter Kuch (1917-1980)
Born at Winnipeg, son of Ann and Martin Kuch, he received his education locally. His art training was received at Musgrove’s Art Studio. Before proceeding overseas in the Second World War, where he completed a tour of operations with the Royal Canadian Air Force, he taught at the Saturday Morning Art School. After his discharge from the services, in 1947 he began working for the Winnipeg Free Press, starting in the Art Department, then becoming Head of the Art Department and, upon the retirement of Arch Dale, taking over the position of Editorial Cartoonist and Art Director. In 1962, he published a collection of his political cartoons of Prime Minister John Diefenbaker entitled Five Years of Following John. He died at the Misericordia Hospital, unmarried, on 14 June 1980 and was buried in the Elmwood Cemetery.
His articles for the Manitoba Historical Society:
“Cartoonist Kuch dies at age 63,” Winnipeg Free Press, 16 June 1980, page 7.
Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 June 1980, page 68.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 6 January 2012
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