Committed to his work and his community

James Shaw, known as Jimmy.
James Shaw, known as Jimmy.

A quiet man of high integrity, who served his community in north Northumberland for decades, has died at the age of 86.

James Shaw, known to many as Jimmy, of Craster, passed away on Sunday night in Hillcrest Care Home in Alnwick, where he had been for more than a year, following a battle with cancer.

Mr Shaw worked for the Inland Revenue as a tax inspector in Alnwick from 1967 until his retirement in 1988, when he was awarded an MBE by the Queen. He then continued to work three days a week before finally calling it a day in 1993.

His widow Joyce said: “He loved his work, he really did. We used to joke he would be in the Revenue past 90.

“Being in a job like that, he met a lot of people. He was a man that if anyone wanted any information, he didn’t mind helping them, he was a man of very high integrity.”

The couple were married for 63 years, having first met as five-year-olds at school in Low Fell, Gateshead, and ‘were friends ever since’.

In 1967, they moved to Craster, where Mrs Shaw’s family came from, and threw themselves into community life. Mr Shaw was treasurer of Craster RNLI for 24 years, having been involved in the project to bring a lifeboat to the village, and was later made vice-president. He was treasurer for the Methodist Church for 30 years and a parish councillor for 33 years.

Mr Shaw is also survived by one daughter and two grandchildren. “He loved the grandchildren because he was interested in everything and everybody,” said Mrs Shaw.

Details of the funeral are yet to be announced.