A lifelong Windsorian who helped build three of the town's most cherished community halls has died at the age of 98.

Tom Smith was a member of the congregation at All Saint’s church since his boyhood in the 1930s, when his family lived opposite.

After returning from war service with the Eighth army in Egypt he became a church warden, going on with his wife Dorothy to lead the fund raising campaign that saw its new hall being built and opened by Princess Anne in 1989.

Tom was also a committee member and some time president of the Windsor Allotments and Home Gardens Association, working closely with his twin brother Dick who was treasurer. He revived its annual show which was staged at Oakfield Primary School where he was chairman of the P-TA.

He led the fundraising along with his brother and Dorothy that saw the association's Gardeners Hall in St Leonard's Road built - it has gone on to become one of the best used community resources in the town, hosting everything from Weightwatchers to Taekwondo and Morris Dancing.

When Tom’s sons became members of the Second Windsor Scout Troop, he became an enthusiastic member of the parents’ committee. His biggest contribution was the building of the scout hall next to the relief road at the Maidenhead Road roundabout, when his accumulated fund raising and project management skills proved invaluable.

Along with his many other activities - including being a wages clerk at Ascot racecourse - Tom was a keen film maker using his Cine Camera to record many of the activities his family and the organisations he belonged took part on, creating an invaluable record.

Tom died on June 4, leaving his second wife June. Dorothy had died in 1989.

He also leaves his younger brother John, sons Roger and David, five grandchildren and two great grandchildren, three step-children and six step-grandchildren.

His son Roger said: "Throughout our lives Dad has been an inspiration to David and I as well as to many who have been involved with him and been sucked kicking and screaming into his next project.

"He has given us standards to live up to and he is now sadly missed, but he does live on in the things he has left behind."