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Popular artist dies aged 57

Popular artist dies aged 57

Francis Batt

Popular artist dies aged 57

A popular artist whose paintings can be found all over Windsor has died.

Denis Blandford, 57, was born in the town and attended Clewer Green School and Trevelyan.

His brother Barry said: "He wanted to be an artist at a very young age, from four or five."

Although he failed to get into art school Denis managed to use his talent to forge a successful career.

He worked in the graphics department at the computer training company ICL Beaumont in Old Windsor, eventually taking over the department.

His friend Bruce Cox, who worked with him a the company, said: "His brilliant cartoons played a vital part in enlivening many a lecture there.

"When the car rally was held in Windsor he did a cartoon of the Duke of Edinburgh in an MG with the Queen, which was presented to the Duke who appreciated it very much."

More recently Denis lived in Bracknell working as a freelance artist at home. He painted two mayors of the Royal Borough and one mayor of Slough as well as creating the graphics at Windsor Museum in the Guildhall.

He was a keen member of Windsor and Eton Rotary Club and was also a keen freefall parachutist who did 50 jumps.

He died on Monday, February 27. The funeral is today at Slough Crematorium at 1.30pm.

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