- Associated Press - Thursday, September 10, 2015

PORTLAND, N.Y. (AP) - Officials in “Marmaduke” creator Brad Anderson’s western New York hometown say they’re continuing fundraising efforts for a public tribute honoring the cartoonist.

Anderson was 91 when he died Aug. 30 at a hospital near his home in Montgomery, Texas.

He was born in 1924 in Jamestown in Chautauqua (shuh-TAW’-kwuh) County and grew up in the nearby town of Portland, on Lake Erie 45 miles southwest of Buffalo.

Anderson created the “Marmaduke” cartoon strip in 1954. At its peak, the comic strip about the antics of a Great Dane appeared in more than 600 newspapers in 20 countries.

Anderson last appeared in Portland in 2012, when local officials kicked off a campaign to raise funds for life-size statues of Anderson and Marmaduke.

Time Warner Cable News in Buffalo (https://bit.ly/1Kc74Sb ) reports they’ve only raised $10,000 for the $180,000 project.

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