One of the area's great characters has died.

Jim Kingshott, an acknowledged expert on wood-working and joinery, died peacefully in bed overnight at his home in Woodend Road, Deepcut.

Jim was the author of many books and articles on joinery and made many videos including his "World of Woodworking" series. He was chief tutor for woodworking at the old Royal Aircraft Establishment and taught many apprentices.

But Jim had a varied career which included working, along with his wife Jo, for the first free newspaper in this area in the sixties. Said Jo: "I remember staying up all night to write the last article, and then getting up in the morning to fold the papers."

The paper closed because advertisers were slow to pay their bills.

The couple also ran a print firm at one time, RJ Kingshott in Deadbrook Lane, Aldershot. They were the main printers for library books which had gone out of print. They would photograph the pages and reprint the book. The business languished when the government suddenly cut library spending.

Another of Jim's interests was his ham radio, and he turned one room into a radio shack. Another room was a woodworking shop.

The couple bought their 1906 home at auction. It had been the local telephone exchange, but fell derelict when it was not longer needed. Jim renovated it himself, and the first room he did was the workshop.

Jim, a Labour Party supporter, served as a Surrey Heath councillor for three years, and then thought it was someone else's turn. He was a union man through and through.

Jim and Jo met as children at Puttenham village school. They had a son, two daughters, six grandchildren and were expecting their 10th great grandchild when Jim died. He also leaves a younger sister.

Last June, for their golden wedding, Jim and Jo had a holiday in Ventnor on the Isle of Wight, where they spent their honeymoon. They followed this up with a champagne balloon flight over Lurgashall where the Kingshott family originated.

The family also knew tragedy when their son, a helicopter engineer at the RAE, was killed in a helicopter crash in France in 1991. After that, Jim retired from the RAE and began running courses at home and abroad. Jim developed cancer and his bed had been moved to the front room where so many had attended his courses.

He was cremated at Aldershot, followed by a social gathering at Lakeside Hotel for his many colleagues, friends and relatives.l Editor's note: We apologise for holding this article over due to lack of space.