Jon Charles McIntosh, 70, died after a short illness in Key West on March 12, 2018. Born Aug. 8, 1947, he was the son of the late John and Lucile McIntosh of Massachusetts. Jon “Tosh” McIntosh earned a fine arts degree from Rhode Island School of Design and became an accomplished designer, illustrator and visual artist for his own company, McIntosh Ink, and co-owned the Lucky Street Gallery.
His work included two syndicated comic strips, book illustrations, projects for NASA and board games. As a member of the Society of Illustrators, he won the Silver Funny Bone Award and many Merit Awards in annual shows.
Tosh was an active member of the community, from designing original logos for numerous local businesses and election campaigns, to charity work with Anne McKee Artists Fund, Bahama Village Music Program, AIDS Help, VNA, Womankind and Wesley House. He was The Citizen newspaper’s political cartoonist for over a decade, designed three Fantasy Fest posters and was the winner of the 2015 South Florida Consortium Grant.
Tosh’s great passion — painting — allowed him to share the intensity, mystery and beauty of the sea, as well as scenes inspired by his travels to the Caribbean, Cuba and Europe.
He found great humor in the world and so much joy in his relationships with family, friends and the Key West community. He leaves a son, Forgan McIntosh, and wife, Jessa, of Dover, Massachusetts, with grandchildren Sayer, Harper and Forrest; and stepdaughter Hays and husband, Jan Blinckmann, of Key West, Florida with grandchildren Hugo and Max.
Jon McIntosh is one of our Community Honorees for the 2019 second line. If you would like to donate in his honor, please click the link below and choose “Sponsor a Placard”