Sunday, January 18, 2009

HAROLD DUCKETT | 1958 - 2009

Harold Duckett
May 4, 1958 - Jan 13, 2009

We are sad to announce the sudden passing of Hal at his home on January 13th 2009. Hal will be sadly missed by his brother Craig and sister Laurie. He will also be remembered by his nephews Chris, Jeff (Krystal), Mike and great nephew Devon. Predeceased by his sister Bonnie. As per Harold’s request, cremation has taken place and a Celebration of His Life will be held on Saturday January 24th 2009 at The Factory, 126 James Street North (between Wilson and Cannon) at 3 pm.

Arrangements have been entrusted to P.X. Dermody Funeral Home, 905-388-4141. Online condolences may be made at
Hal's website:

Hal was a great caricature artist, with the fastest hands. He inspired many of us to do caricatures to improve how we saw life, people and take in their character. He used to draw with these chisel point markettes, that you can't find anywhere, like Hal himself, a rare find.

This was Hal's class at NBCC Miramichi in 1997. Hal was instrumental in starting the program and getting the first batch of students out the door.

Some of Hal's work.

Hal as I remember him, summer of 2007 in Hamilton. Just happy to see each other after a good stretch of time. We had a good day, sharing some coffee, stories on animation, the industry, women, life.

I know I haven't seen you in awhile Hal, but I sure do miss you.
You had a massive influence on my life. You taught me to be creative, how to draw, hell, how to see; always inspiring me to push myself and challenge my way of thinking.

He drew so fast, I was in complete awe of his ability. A marvelous draftsman, I wanted so bad to be like him, setting my passion and desire for animation and design the moment I saw him touch pencil to paper. I remember him telling me to slow down and really concentrate on solid construction first and foremost. His words forever echo in my head

"Get good, then get fast"

Save some paper for me at the big light table in the sky.

Forever you student and friend,




At 1/21/2009 01:53:00 PM , Blogger SteveLambe said...

Seriously?? Wow....I had no idea. I assumed he was still working in Toronto. What happened?

Harold was a great teacher. I only had him for that six months of art fundamentals, but it was still enough for him to make an impact. He was an amazing talent. Really sorry to hear oh passing.

At 2/15/2009 11:21:00 PM , Blogger Glenn said...

Wow... Adam just told me about Harold's passing... I can't believe he's gone. Harold was my teacher & my good friend too. I owe him for making me work hard and making me want to work even harder. He believed in the magic and wonder of cartoons and he was so proud to show us how we could make our own. I wish I could thank him in person again. God Bless, Hal.

At 2/16/2009 12:11:00 AM , Blogger Michelle (Hannah) Balliet said...

Gosh, I'm so beside myself, I can't believe it, I still remember that look he'd give me when I was trying to short cut on something, he was so great, he's one of my favorite memories of the school. I saved the pictures, thanks for posting them Gene, I will remember him always.



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