WAITE, Keith

1927 - 2014

Keith Waite

Roy Keith Waite, was born at New Plymouth, New Zealand on 19 March 1927, son of Albert Waite, owner of a coal mine, and his wife Norah née Henderson. At the age of nine, in 1936 Waite won a newspaper cartoon competition. Educated at Sacred Heart College, a Roman Catholic boarding school on the South Island, his mother, wishing him to become a teacher, he then attended Auckland’s Teacher Training College, at the same time studying art in the evenings at the Elam School of Fine Arts in Auckland 1948-1949. Keith commenced work as a cartoonist on the ‘Taranaki Daily News’ and ‘Auckland Weekly News’, and then the ‘Otago Daily Times’ 1949-1951. He married his first wife, Dallas O'Donnell, they had three sons and a daughter. He sailed for London, arriving in 1951, to work for the Kemsley Newspapers group and after working for a time in London, he was assigned to the group's Glasgow papers 1952-1953 but left to freelance for 'Punch’, ‘Men Only’ and other publications. In 1956 he was made Editorial/Political Cartoonist on the ‘Daily Sketch’ and his cartoons had running titles such as ‘Waite's Comment’ or ‘Start the Day Bright with Waite’. In 1962, Waite moved from one cartoon a day to three, run with the heading ‘As Waite Sees It’ and in 1963 was voted CCGB Cartoonist of the Year. In 1965 he left the ‘Daily Sketch’ for the newly created ‘Sun’ with whom he remained until 1969 when it was purchased by Rupert Murdoch, and moved to the ‘Daily Mirror’. He married secondly in 1977, Zelma MacKenzie, an illustrator and wood engraver, but she she died the following year. In 1985, after it had been sold to Robert Maxwell, Waite found himself ’eased out’ of the ‘Daily Mirror,’ and in 1987 became business-page cartoonist on ‘The Times’. He married thirdly, on his 35-foot ketch 'Lutra II', at Tobermory on the Isle of Mull in 1983, Renee Parrott, an office manager of a tree nursery. He retired in 1997 and lived at Pin Mill, near Ipswich and was a member of the Pin Mill Sailing Club. In 1966 Waite was one of the founder members of the British Cartoonists' Association and won several international awards for his work. An admirer of cartoonist David Low (1891-1963), and was also influenced by the work of Carl Giles [q.v.] He died, after a long illness, at Ipswich on 10 April 2014, aged 87.

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