Tributes are paid after death of Preston businessman

Tributes: Bob Billington with his wife Margaret at their son Scott's wedding
Tributes: Bob Billington with his wife Margaret at their son Scott's wedding
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Tributes have been paid following the death of a Preston businessman.

Robert Billington, known as Bob, died last weekend after being diagnosed with cancer at the age of 77.

Bob, who lived in Fulwood, founded Preston Paints in Great Shaw Street, and was also a founding member of the Vehicle Builders and Repairers Association, as well as Trade Group.

Close friend John Cross, 53, said he met Bob through their love of fishing, and said Bob helped him to set up his business.

He said: “He was a generous bloke and a really good man. A lot of people will miss him.

“He really looked after his customers, which was unique at that time, and that’s why he was so successful.”

A funeral will be held on Thursday at Our Lady and St Edward’s RC Church in Fulwood.