James Dalton, of Brill, Constantine, known by nearly everyone as Jim, died at the age of 86 on July 3 at the Royal Cornwall Hospital at Treliske.

He was born in Bristol, where he attended St Brendan's College before entering National Service when he spent two years in the RAF as a navigator officer, before becoming a civil servant with the Home Office. He worked for the Land Board at first, then in Civil Defence and finally in the Immigration Service, which was the work that brought him to Cornwall in 1979.

He and his wife, Elizabeth, married in 1958 and had three children, Helen, Michael and Peter.

He was based at Imperial Buildings in Falmouth for many years. His job was to check the passengers of any ship or plane coming from abroad to this county, making sure they had the correct documentation and could be allowed entry into Great Britain.

When he retired in 1990, he took up voluntary work in the Falmouth branch of CAB, helping those who had problems of one sort or another. He also became an active member in the Constantine community, a founder member of Constantine Enterprises Company and of the local Credit Union, as well as being instrumental in getting what had been the Methodist Chapel turned into a community centre, the Tolmen Centre.

He was a supporter of the Cricket Club and of Constantine Band and made many friends in the village. He was a familiar sight walking far and wide with his two Jack Russell terriers.

With his wife, Liz, he became a keen caravanner, travelling extensively in this country and on the continent, frequently being away for six weeks or more. He liked visiting his older sister in Norfolk and there were often family gatherings there with his younger brother Gerard and sister Margaret, both sadly passed away now. He was a true gentleman and will be greatly missed by his wife, children and grandchildren.