Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Bob Zahn July 6, 1934 - January 6, 2008

Playboy cartoonist Bob Zahn died on Sunday, January 6, 2008 at the Hospice Care Unit at Citrus Memorial Health System in Inverness, Florida.

Bob lived and cartooned in Syracuse, NY. He was a commercial artist with General Electric there for 35 years, drawing cartoons in his spare time. He drew even more once he retired. He had a syndicated panel, titled "Bigg's Business" from 1972 to 1979. Five years ago, he and his wife Donna moved to Florida.

According to friend and fellow gag cartoonist Randy Glasbergen, when Bob loosened up his style, he would sometimes sign his single panel cartoons "Carroll."

I didn't know Bob, but I've seen his cartoons in Playboy, and other publications like Good Housekeeping and Reader's Digest. He did a prolific number of golfing cartoon books, as well as greeting cards. The energy and verve he felt for cartooning came out in his clean, fun line work. He influenced a number of cartoonist colleagues.

Carroll Robert Zahn Jr., 73, Beverly Hills, died Sunday, Jan. 6, 2008, at the Hospice Care Unit at Citrus Memorial Health System in Inverness.

Born July 6, 1934, in Phoenix, N.Y., to Carroll R. Zahn Sr. and Eva (McKay) Zahn, he moved here five years ago from Central Square, N.Y.

Mr. Zahn retired from General Electric’s military equipment manufacturing division as a commercial artist with 35 years of service.

His enjoyments in life were drawing, spending time with his family and his dog, “Abby.” Other enjoyments included spending time with his Florida friends with whom he enjoyed dinners, playing cards, golf and fishing.

Mr. Zahn was a nationally known cartoonist and published several cartoon books.
He was Catholic.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Donna J. Zahn; two sons, Thomas C. Zahn and companion Michael McGuirl of Syracuse, N.Y., and Michael R. Zahn and fiancée Cherie Sutton of N. Syracuse, N.Y.; one daughter, Kelly A. Bogart and husband Jeff of Redwood, N.Y.; one brother, Richard C. Zahn and wife Beverly of Tarpon Springs; five grandchildren, Aubree, Sarah, Lauren, Zachary and Dawna; one great-grandchild, Jalen; and best friend, Vincent Frey of Arizona.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to Hospice of Citrus County, P.O. Box 641270, Beverly Hills, FL 34464.

Chas. E. Davis Funeral Home with Crematory, Inverness.


Rod McKie said...

Nice piece, Mike. I have always been captivated by Zahn's command of the medium. His cartoons always looked so perfect to me.

Mark Anderson said...

Ditto what Rod said. Sigh...

Dan Reynolds said...

I knew Bob fairly well. Bob (Carrol) - I called him "Bob" - and I used to play golf together a number of times at a golf course in West Monroe, NY as well as share lunches at the nearby local diner. I was also fortunate enough to visit him a number of times at his studio (this was all when he still lived up near Syracuse way).
Bob was the first face to face repoire with another professional cartoonist I had ever had. He was EXTREMELY generous in his encouragement and compliments of my work and he really was an inspiration to me. I probably owe my involvement with Reader's Digest to Bob as he was always on my case about getting into magazines. I think I had a definite influence on Bob as well as I pushed him right back with constant coaxing to get his feet wet in the online wolrd with getting his own website. It took a lot of coaxing, but he finally did make it with his own website.
We had emailed back and forth once in awhile since he became a snow bird and went to Florida.
Bob was genuously a nice guy, quiet with a good sense of humor.
Thanks, Mike, for mentioning this. Bob will be missed!
Dan Reynolds

Anonymous said...

I would like to say that not only was Bob a wonderful cartoonist, he was a man of integrity. His wife is one of the most generous and gracious individuals I have ever met. They did a wonderful job in raising compassionate and caring children. Please keep them all in your prayers.

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