A Mourning Community Says Goodbye To Its ‘Better Half’

By: Shawn Magrath

A mourning community says goodbye to its ‘Better Half’

SHERBURNE – After four decades of being taught to laugh even at inopportune moments, the Chenango County community today mourns the loss of funny man Randy Glasbergen, an internationally respected cartoonist whose witty humor brought light to millions of readers.

Praised for his success as a freelance cartoonist, Glasbergen is among the most published humorous illustrators in the country, having had his work appear in books, newspapers, magazines, greeting cards, calendars and several other media platforms. He is perhaps most notable for his uniquely dry humor approach to sensitive issues – everything from relationships, to family life, to finances.

As a longtime resident of Sherburne, Glasbergen’s impact on the local community became clear on Tuesday as social media exploded with news of his passing, along with posts of peoples’ favorite Glasbergen illustrations.

Glasbergen’s long-running strip, “The Better Half,” was syndicated in the comics pages of newspapers across the U.S., including The Evening Sun. However, the strip was retired in late 2014 in order for Glasbergen to direct more focus to his private cartoon licensing operation, Glasbergen Cartoon Service.

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