Commemorative celebration organized for the late local artist Chris Yambar

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – The late local artist Chris Yambar hosted a commemorative celebration on Saturday afternoon at the Soap Gallery in Youngstown.

Yambar’s friends and family have come together to remember and honor his legacy as a comic book artist whose work has been seen across the country. He has worked on comics like The Simpsons, Popeye, Mr. Magoo and his most popular comic, Mr. Beat.

“He’s pretty much planned everything over the years,” said his wife Maureen Yambar.

Chris Yambar came up with the idea of ​​how he wanted his life to be remembered. Instead of a sad funeral, he wanted to celebrate his life.

His art was on display for everyone while listening to some of his favorite music. It was the day before his birthday.

“He said ‘I don’t want tears. I don’t want any sadness. I want it to be a happy time, and I want people to buy stuff, ”said Maureen Yambar.

There was a silent auction for his work. Other goods related to Chris were for sale. The proceeds from his art sales will go to a stock exchange in his name.

“It gave them something to look forward to. It made them chuckle. It gave them a bit of encouragement, ”said Chris’s sister Katie Davis.

In addition to being a cartoonist, Yambar was also a police chaplain for seven years. His friends and family shared fond memories of his life.

“Chris was an encouragement. He always encouraged people to do better in whatever they did, whether they were musicians, artists, writers, ”said Chris’s agent Deb Cattoi.

“He was truly a family man, a loving man, such a great sense of humor… when you knew Chris and all you had a friend for life,” said Chris’s close friend Sean Dougherty. .

“I really appreciated how sensitive he was to people and how funny he would be. But, inside, he was still thinking. He has always been an intellectual, ”said Maureen Yambar.

The Soap Gallery is exhibiting Yambar’s art for the rest of July.

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