A businessman who returned to his first love of art on retirement has died, aged 84.
Shirley Joseph Copeland was the co-founder of Forum Publicity Services, established in January 1961.
The business began in Oxford Street, Leicester, in two rooms, before moving to its current home in London Road, as Forum Advertising and Marketing, in 1982.
Mr Copeland had a long association with the Leicester Mercury and other local and national press, covering all aspects of publicity and advertising.
Educated at Gateway Boy's Grammar School, he went to Leicester Art and Technical College before serving in Egypt with the RAF, as part of his national service.
He became a commercial artist and set up his own business with John Goodacre.
Following his retirement at the age of 59, he resumed his first love as an artist.
His family said his paintings can be found in places as far afield as Russia and eastern Europe. However, it was closer to home, at Bradgate Park, that he found the landscapes he loved to paint in water colours. His paintings are sold in the park's coffee shops and other outlets in Leicestershire.
Mr Copeland was a past president of Crown Hills Art Society and of Leicester Sketch Club.
His second wife, Margaret, whom he married in 1993, said: "Shirley put this wonderful talent to good use to support so many charities.
"He did a tremendous amount of work for Action for Children."
Mr Copeland died on March 22.