October 12, 1915 - October 9, 2015
Australia has lost a creative pioneer who single-handedly redefined the cartoon as popular art. War artist, war correspondent and prolific caricaturist Tony Rafty died on Friday 9 October, just three days short of his 100th birthday. Acknowledged as one of Australia’s most significant war artists for his work in WWII, the former Fairfax illustrator and author of Australia’s first comic strip was the creator of more than 10,000 published sketches of politicians, sportspeople and entertainers, and was possibly the most prolific portrait maker of modern times.
12.10.1915 – 9.10 .2015
Tony Rafty OAM (born Anthony Raftopoulos)
was born in Paddington, Sydney on the 12th October, 1915
Dennis Raftopoulos (from the village Stavros in Ithaca)
and Angelika (Koula) Karavia, was from Vathi.
Tony was the loved husband of Shirley (deceased).
Loving father and father-in-law of Denis, Sally, Stan, Andrew, Susan, Juliet, Jim, Juanita and Ian.
Beloved grandfather and great grandfather to Matthew and Alicia, Andrew, Steven, Sara, Isobella, Jessica, Daniel, Thomas, Jasmine, Anthony, Keith, Rebecca, Cameron, Ruby and Luca.
Reunited with his beautiful wife Shirley
Forever in our hearts
A Mass will be celebrated for Tony at St. Spyridon’s Church, Kingsford on Monday October 19, 2015 commencing at 10.30am.