Tributes to artist

Artist Jimmy O'Docherty, known as Jimmy Schwartz, who passed away in July and (below) his final painting.
Artist Jimmy O'Docherty, known as Jimmy Schwartz, who passed away in July and (below) his final painting.
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RESORT entertainers are planning a tribute show for a legendary Blackpool character.

Jimmy Schwartz was famed in the town for his artwork, which adorned the walls of many of the resort’s top venues.

The final painting done by artist Jimmy O'Docherty, known as Jimmy Schwartz, who passed away in July.

The final painting done by artist Jimmy O'Docherty, known as Jimmy Schwartz, who passed away in July.

Mr Schwartz, born James Edgar O’Doherty, passed away on July 1 this year, aged 73.

Now, friends who were unable to attend his funeral are planning a special tribute and wake.

A group of the artist’s friends say they were shocked to discover Mr Schwartz had passed away after being found at his flat on Derby Road.

The friends have said his disappearance from their social circle of late had not been out of the ordinary as he would often “go walkabout” for weeks at a time.

Friend Stephen Pierre added: “Jimmy was very much a free spirit character and would regularly disappear without trace to the Lake District, where he created a lot of his paintings.”

Close friend Mark Molyneux said he was saddened not only to hear of his death but that it had taken so long for news to get out.

He said: “I hadn’t seen him for a while, normally he disappeared off to the Lakes for a while.

“I heard he had passed away so I visited his landlord and found out Schwartz was a pseudonym.

“He was a lovely man and the greatest artist.”

Mr Schwartz was born in Ireland but did not have any next of kin in the UK.

Friends have since found out a funeral was held for Mr Schwartz on August 3, and his ashes were scattered in Carleton crematorium.

John Barnett, former owner of Radio Wave and Party House, had known Mr Schwartz for years after he provided artwork for his businesses.

He said: “He was a very well known man, and very charitable.

“If he ever had some money in his pocket he’d pop into a charity shop and give them some money.

“His memory will live on with a smile. He won’t be forgotten.”

Mr Pierre and a group of friends are now planning a memorial tribute to the artist at his local, the Galleon Bar on Abingdon Street.

The event will feature comedian Ricky Lane and singer Vici Moran, both close friends of the late artist.

Mr Pierre added: “We would like to invite all those who knew Jimmy and would like to present a showcase of his work in the upstairs lounge, as a make shift gallery.”

Mr Pierre had recently been given a painting of the Pope
(inset above left) from Mr Schwartz which he now intends to donate to the Catholic Club.

The memorial will be held at the Galleon Bar on Thursday, September 6.