A man who used his intimate knowledge of the aircraft industry to campaign for his community has died aged 85.

Mike Sullivan was one of the first members of West Windsor Residents Association and a long term committee member as its aviation expert.

As a young man he served in the RAF where he flew Spitfires as part of his training, going on to a successful career with Pan-Am during which he rose to be an executive director.

The job enabled him and his wife Patricia to travel widely - but brought heartache when members of the 16 strong flight crew he was responsible for died in the Lockerbie disaster, when a terrorist bomb brought down a Pan-Am transatlantic flight from Frankfurt to Detroit.

His colleague on West Windsor Residents Association, former chairman John Holdstock said: "It caused him great distress and he gave evidence at the public inquiry."

Mr Holdstock worked closely with Mr Sullivan on the Residents Association, saying: "His expertise enabled us to give a balanced view on the requirements of the airport and the interests of those living around. We made a good partnership, him providing the knowledge and me doing the paperwork."

Mr Sullivan was one of the Residents' Association's earliest members, after he and his wife moved to Dedworth, where they lived in Clifton Rose and later in Maidenhead Road.

In recent years Mr Sullivan nursed his late wife Patricia when she developed dementia. He became a dedicated campaigner for greater understanding of the condition, designing a leaflet that was widely distributed across the area which used cartoon figures to make people aware of the early symptoms and what help they should seek.

Mr Sullivan died of pancreatic cancer on Monday in Wexham Park Hospital, Slough.

Mr Holdstock said: "I saw him Sunday and was able to tell him how we all valued and loved him."

Poignantly Mr Sullivan had organised and paid for a birthday party to celebrate his birthday at the end of his month at the Grand Hotel in Eastbourne.

Mr Holdstock said it was one of his last wishes that the event should go ahead in his memory.