BUSINESSMAN and former county cricketer Leonard Butters has died aged 83.

Mr Butters, who lived at Shelley with his wife, Joan, was a well-known figure around Huddersfield following his time as managing director of Boyes Garages in the 1960s and 70s.

He later ran a successful estate agency with two of his children, retiring just three years ago.

He grew up in Leeds and was educated at Aireborough Grammar School. He left to become a trainee gas engineer.

Away from the office he excelled at cricket and played for Pudsey St Lawrence in the Bradford League.

He joined the Royal Marines for his National Service and was able to continue his passion for sport.

Based in Devon, he appeared for the county cricket team and the United Services military team.

Mr Butters later played cricket for Paddock, before injury forced him to stop in the early 1950s.

Returning to a life of commerce in Leeds after demobilisation, he joined Huddersfield firm Len Jagger as their car sales manager, moving to Almondbury with Joan.

In 1964 the couple bought A.G. Boyes motor firm in Huddersfield, renaming it Boyes Garages.

The decline of the British motor industry spelt a turn in his personal fortunes and the business folded in the late 1970s.

He then built up G R Butters and Co, a Milnsbridge estate agency. He ran it for 23 years with help from a son Geoffrey and daughter Tracey.

He retired at the age of 80.

Mr Butters was a Mason, being master of his lodge in 1972.

He was also a keen golfer, being a member of Meltham Golf Club.

For some years the family home was just yards from the course.

Mr Butters leaves his wife, Joan, sons Geoffrey and Alvin and daughter Tracey, as well as five grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his son, Nicky.