Tributes to cartoonist who chronicled Northampton

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Tributes have been paid to a well-known cartoonist and rugby fan from Northampton, who has died aged 77.

Frank Jeffs, of Upper Mounts, regularly had his artwork published in the Chronicle & Echo and had released a number of books of his work.

He was also well known among Saints fans for his drawings of team members, which were included both in the rugby club’s programmes in 2004 and in his own book last year.

A spokesman for the Saints said: “We were very saddened to hear of the passing of Frank, who over the years contributed one cartoon after another to the Saints, chronicling the life and times of the club and the town as a whole. We send our wholehearted condolences to his friends and family.”

Mr Jeffs became interested in drawing at school and would send cartoons home while he was serving in the army in Cyprus in the 1950s.

He began drawing Saints’ players during their Canadian tour in 1979 and described cartoons and rugby as his life.

His nephew, Dean Jarvis, said the family would love his friends from the Saints to attend the funeral next week. He said: “We know Frank had a lot of friends at the club and we’d love to see them at the church to pay their final respects.”

The funeral will be held at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Sheep Street, Northampton, at 11am on August 31.