Richard Thompson, creator of the comic strip “Cul de Sac,” sketches Petey in 2011, the same year he won the top industry honor the Reuben Award. He died of complications from Parkinson’s disease. (Dustin Fenstermacher/For The Washington Post)

I was very sad to read in the July 28 Style article “Acclaimed creator of cartoon ‘Cul de Sac’ and Post contributor drew on what he loved” that the brilliant cartoonist Richard Thompson departed this life.

In “Cul de Sac,” Thompson created a wonderfully entertaining family starring Alice Otterloop, a child of quirky imagination and charm. Thompson’s drawings of her are classic, while her parents, her teacher at Blisshaven Academy, her older brother, Petey, and friends such as Dill provide perfect foils for Alice’s bravura performance.

I met the artist at a bookstore event and found him personally shy and becomingly modest about the charming work he has given us. May he rest in peace.

Lewis Sorley, Potomac