A look into the life of a Wisbech woman who has died aged 95

PUBLISHED: 17:17 29 November 2017 | UPDATED: 17:17 29 November 2017

Doris Cary, an artist and loving grandmother who lived in Wisbech for 30 years has died aged 95.

Doris Cary, an artist and loving grandmother who lived in Wisbech for 30 years has died aged 95.


An artist and loving grandmother who spent 30 years of her life living on Hill Street in Wisbech has passed away aged 95.

She was a mother to three children; John, Robert and Char and a grandmother to Quinn and Ben.

Doris Cary, known to her family and friends as Dorse, died at her son John’s home in Dunwich, Suffolk, on November 23.

Her two other children live outside of the UK, her daughter, Char, lives in America and second son, Rob, lives in France

During Doris’ life, she has raised a family, planted a vineyard in Suffolk, moved to Australia and returned to England.

She designed kaftans and cushions, painted backgrounds for animated films such as Peter Rabbit, The Forgotten Toys and Captain Pugwash.

Doris was always an artist and kept up her talent until her final days. In her younger years she trained at the Birmingham Art School and painted sceneries in theatres across Birmingham, Amersham, Tunbridge Wells and Fulham.

She was in the Wrens during the war and ended up working in the Naval Film Unit where she met her husband, Tristram Cary.

Tristram was a pioneer of modernist electronic music. Some of his compositions were in the Doctor Who TV series and in films including Quatermass, The Pit and The Ladykillers.

Shortly after the war, Doris tried her hand as a pavement artist, she quickly became very good and her work became very recognisable.

There is archived TV news footage of Doris and her sister Olive drawing their trademark cartoon character, Pogo.

Doris was also interviewed by BBC News at the Alexandra Palace studio in London, about her life as a pavement artist and cartoonist.

She finally moved to Wisbech in the early 1980’s and spent more than 30 years in her Hill Street home before moving closer to her son in Suffolk in 2012.

Doris was well known in Leverington where for a few years she helped at the village playgroup, passing on her love of art to children.

Her funeral will take place at Dunwich Church close to her home in Suffolk on Friday December 1 at 2:30pm.


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