A GREAT-GRANDAD described as a perfect gentleman by the Dovercourt community has sadly died aged 95.

Leslie Henniker - better known as Les - was born and raised in the town and died in Water View residential home, in Little Oakley, on October 29 of old age.

Throughout his life, one of Les’ greatest enjoyments was music, which he taught and shared with local residents.

Janice Windred, one of his five daughters, said: “My dad’s legacy is his music and encouraging people to reach their full potential with their music.”

Les was born on January 15, 1923, as one of 11 siblings.

He started his musical career in the Harwich Salvation band as a cornet player along with his father and brother.

He grew up in Harwich and lived there until he was based in Somerset during the Second World War where he met his wife Vera.

Les then went on to serve in North Africa during the war before returning to Harwich.

He returned to his hometown with Vera in the 1940s and went on to join the Grange Brass Band, which performed regular concerts at the Cliff Pavilion in Dovercourt.

Les felt there was little opportunity for children to fulfil their ambitions with music within the local area and went on to give music lessons to both youngster and adult musicians.

He later went on to form the Henniker Youth Band, which carried out concerts in the area.

Les continued to teach music until he retired at the age of 83. Janice said: “After he retired from music, he travelled around the UK and abroad with my mum Vera until his late 80s.”

Vera died four years ago, aged 87, and was married to Les for 60 years. Together, they leave behind five daughters, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Janice added: “Everybody would describe my dad as the perfect gentleman. He was a genuine gentleman, very patient and great teacher.”

His funeral is being held at Weeley Crematorium on Monday, December 17 at 12.30pm.