Cancer — and four years of treatment for it — have taken a toll on his strength, stamina and mobility. But that’s not what Chris Wedes wants to talk about, reports our online news partner, The Seattle Times. Instead, this 83-year-old Edmonds man wants to say how grateful he is for the support he’s received from people whose lives have been touched by the character Wedes has brought to life for more than half a century: J.P. Patches.
“I get emails every day,” he said. “People write, ‘I hope you feel better, J.P. We’re praying for you.’ ”
Some of the recent messages have been sparked by word that this weekend, Wedes will make what he expects to be his final public appearance as the tattered clown he played on KIRO-TV from 1958 to 1981, and at countless community events since.
You can read the complete story by Jack Broom here.