Warm tributes have been paid to Watford Observer cartoonist Terry Challis, who has died aged 74.

Terry’s cartoons were an established part of this newspaper’s coverage of events on and off the pitch at Watford FC for more than 30 years, and his work will be known to and remembered affectionately by thousands of Hornets fans.

Former Watford Observer sports editor and Watford FC communications manager Andrew French has been among those to pay tribute to his former colleague, who passed away on Thursday, describing him as a “wonderful bloke”.

“Some people are lucky enough to be born with one God-given talent – Terry was blessed with two: he was an incredible artist and a naturally funny man,” Andrew said. “Watford supporters were able to enjoy both those skills through his famous cartoons, the like of which were – and still are - unrivalled. He had the knack of empathising with fans, sharing their highs and lows.

“It was a privilege – not to mention great fun – to work alongside him during my time at both the Watford Observer and Watford FC. I cannot think of anyone who made me laugh harder.

“Quite simply, Terry Challis was a wonderful bloke.”

Terry’s funeral will be held at 3pm on Wednesday, October 21 at West Herts Crematorium. No flowers are requested.

A selection of Terry’s cartoons will be featured in a tribute to him in this Friday’s Watford Observer.

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