After having performed more than 15 000 drawings, Roland Peter, the first cartoonist of the Journal de Montréal, died on 1st June, after a fight of five years against a degenerative disease at the age of 84 years.
“He did drawings and he amused himself, already in his notebooks for school pictures ! He has always had a passion for it and it became his work after that, ” says Sébastien Pierre, son of Roland Pierre, who passed away at CHSLD du Boisé in Sainte-Thérèse, where he had resided for the past four years. He is survived by his wife, his three children and his four grandchildren.
In June 1964, The Journal de Montréal printed its first pages. And a year later, Roland Stone, who signed his works under the pseudonym of ” R. Pier “, was his first sketches. But before becoming the first cartoonist of the Newspaper, it was devoted to the drawing of court for the day.
“It was also for the revision and layout,” explains his son. It is finally at the beginning of the 70s he started his career as a cartoonist.
A man curious
Throughout his 36 years in the daily, it was perceived as ” a monument reassuring and an element of freshness in the newsroom “, highlights Dany Doucet, editor-in-chief of the Journal de Montréal.
This last recalls in particular that Roland Stone ” came on every afternoon with his bag and his pencils, was finalizing the reading of newspapers, doing the rounds of the writing to talk about all kinds of topics with a little bit of all the world, and then hunched over his drawing table “.
For Michel Auger, who has worked for more than 15 years, it was a colleague, a nice, friendly with everyone “, and that ” a man very turned on “.
It was also “a humble and curious, [with] a spirit of fun, which is why it has had such a long career,” says Mr. Doucet.
Following the news very closely, Roland Peter was just as interested “to the criminals that in the small world, it was not just political cartoons,” says Mr. Auger.
For Stéphane Alarie, assistant to the editor-in-chief of the Journal, ” Roland had that rare faculty to identify a situation in the news in a few strokes of the pen, and then to make us both smile and think.”
For Marc Beaudet, who has taken over from Roland Stone cartoon at his retirement in 2001, it is “the stroke of a brush with China ink and his style to the French” who have marked.
“Roland Stone, it is a monument. It is someone we don’t replace it, it does not take the place of the big like this, ” he says.
More than 15,000 drawings
According to Sébastien Pierre, his father would have done more than 15, 000 drawings for The Journal. ” It was a each day and on Saturday there were three or four, so if we calculate over the thirty years, it’s quite a lot, ” he explains.
About 2,200 of his works are preserved at the McCord Museum in Montreal in a fund that bears the name of the artist. “We have all been donated by the cartoonist himself,” says Christian Vachon, head, collections management at the museum. Several hundred are visible on the website of the cultural institution.
“He never said, but I think it was still a pride for him to send all his drawings. He wrote the story and the people can see, ” says his son.