A much loved Dedworth hairdresser whose charm and generosity endeared him to generations of customers has died.

Steve Curtis, 64, of Manor Road, worked as manager for the SmithKline Beecham health care company in Slough - before returning to his first love, hairdressing.

He worked from the home he shared with his wife Tina and children Leo, Jason and Nicole.

Mrs Curtis was a child minder and generations of children looked after by her had their hair cut by Mr Curtis.

Mrs Curtis' sister Dawn Smith said that many of the children came back as adults to get their hair cut by her brother-in-law, having become personal friends.

Mr and Mrs Curtis had been happily married 43 years after meeting on a night out at the Bierkeller in Windsor and were proud grandparents to seven children.

He had come to Britain from Cyprus with his parents as a small boy during the troubles there and is also survived by his mother Stella.

Mrs Smith said that Mr Curtis' warmth and generosity had shown in the help he gave to residents living at Manor Farm sheltered housing centre in Windsor, where his wife's mother had been living.

She said: "He would give people lifts so they could do their shopping. He would organise barbecues and bingo for them."

Mr Curtis was a keen golfer, well known at Birds Hills Golf Centre in Drift Road.

Mrs Smith said he never lost his charm and good spirits even when battling cancer.

She said: "When he was undergoing chemotherapy he would bring fresh cream cakes for the nurses. He kept laughing and joking at the hospice until the last minute."

He died on December 15 at Thames Hospice in Windsor after a long battle against cancer.

The funeral is on Friday, January 12 at 10am at All Saints Church, Dedworth.