City's celebrated artist dies at 87

Celebrated artist Leslie Cant, who lived in Fulwood with wife Dorothea, has died aged 87.

Leslie devoted much of his life to art, and among his most treasured pieces was a panoramic view of Preston painted from the top of Crystal House.

Wife of nearly 60 years Dorothea, said Leslie suffered a major stroke and died a couple of days later, on June 20.

She continued: "We had a beautiful funeral at the crematorium and friends spoke about his life. Our son and daughter also spoke about how much he meant to them."

The couple met in 1948 when Dorothea was working in a music shop in Fishergate and Glasgow-born Leslie was working as a scenery designer for a touring band.

"One day he came into the shop to hire a piano for a performance and it was love at first sight," said Dorothea.

"We met in the March and married in August at Preston Parish Church, what is now the minster."

On Leslie's art, Dorothea said: "It's very hard to say which of his paintings he was most proud of. He was proud of whatever he was painting at the moment.

"But I think he was proudest of the one he did from the top of the Crystal House building in Preston of the market and Harris Museum. It was used in the city bid in the newspaper."

And she added: "I've had about 90 cards from family and friends and the one thing that keeps cropping up is that he was a true gentleman – it's very touching."

The couple's children are Matthew, who lives in New Zealand, and Gill, who lives in Fulwood.