A PAINTER who was the sister of a renowned film music composer has died, aged 86.

June Lloyd-Jones was well known as the sister of the late John Barry, the Oscar-winning York-born composer, who wrote the music for countless James Bond movies, and her family was known for owning cinemas in York, including the Rialto.

However, Mrs Lloyd-Jones, a talented artist, will be remembered for her own achievements.

As a painter in oils of portraits and landscapes, her work was exhibited in galleries around York, including Grape Lane, Stonegate, the Ken Spelman bookshop and gallery, plus the Mercer Gallery, in Harrogate.

She was born Mary June Prendergast in 1929 to John (better known as JX or Jack) and Doris Prendergast, the middle of three children, elder brother Pat and younger brother Barry, who went on to become the renowned composer.

The family lived in Hull Road, before moving to Fulford House, now the Pavilion Hotel, and later School Lane, in Fulford.

Mrs Lloyd-Jones’ father was known throughout York as the owner of the Rialto and Clifton Cinemas, and her daughter, Emma, says her mother’s death marks the end of an era.

She said: “That’s how many in York feel, the last of her family to go, the last connection with Barry, with the Rialto Cinema and dancehall days, which for many people in York was where they spent their time socially.”

Mrs Lloyd-Jones attended the Bar Convent School and York School of Art before going to Guildford School of Art to study painting, where she met her husband David, a potter.

They married in York in 1955 and had four children together; Simon, Caroline, Emma and Abigail.

David worked at his father-in-law’s business until the early 1960s when he started potting seriously, exhibiting with three painters - John Langton, Russel Platt and Reg Williams - as the York Four.

He went on to exhibit and sell his work worldwide.

He was supported throughout his career by his wife until his death in 1994.

Mrs Lloyd-Jones, who died on July 19, had suffered from dementia. Her funeral was attended by 150 people.