Celebrated artist and twice-former mayor of Eye Cavendish Morton has died aged 103.
Born on February 17, 1911, he was also a designer, teacher and philanthropist, and died just weeks before his 104th birthday.
Known as ‘Cavy’, he moved to Suffolk in 1948, returning to childhood home Bembridge, on the Isle of Wight, in 1977. He regularly exhibited at the Royal Academy.
His son, James, who was born in Eye, told the Diss Express: “His love of the natural world was matched by his fascination in the achievements of man, and this comes through strongly in his art.
“He loved living in Eye and served his community selflessly. His memory will live on in the love of his family and friends as well as in the beauty of his paintings.”
Charles Michell, a former district and county councillor, said: “I think he will be remembered as one of the great figures of Eye. He was one of the great supporters of the town, and benefactor, and somebody who worked hard for Eye and who was well known over a quite wide area.
“He was a big figure and he was very big in motor racing, and he did quite a lot of work at Snetterton.
“He is very much a name that will live on in the history of Eye town.”
Charles Flatman, who was on Eye Town Council with Mr Morton, added: “As a person and as an intellectual I found him extremely interesting and he told me some interesting stories about his past.
“I did not always see eye to eye with him. He was a controversial figure at times, but having said that, I could not help but admire him.”
He was involved with numerous art organisations; as a member of the Ipswich Art Club, Norfolk and Norwich Art Circle, president of the Suffolk Art Society, chairman and president of the Norfolk Contemporary Art Society, and chairman of Gainsborough House Society at Sudbury.
He was also an art therapist for Hartismere Hospital, now known as Hartismere Health and Care.
Marrying talented musician Rosemary Britten in 1946, who died in 2000, he is survived by their three children, Katherine, Sarah and James.