Obituary: Judge with wonderful sense of humour; OBITUARY.
Mr James Louis Christian Dilcock, who until 15 months ago lived at Leigh Close, Walsall, died at a nursing home in Cumbria on Tuesday.
He was district registrar for civil cases in Walsall, West Bromwich, Lichfield and Tamworth.
Mr Dilcock's adopted son, Mr Clive Lamprell, said: 'He was a highly intelligent and intellectual man who had studied and he had an almost photographic memory.
'He had a wonderful sense of humour and was very quick mentally. He was very kind and generous to a fault.'
Married to romantic novelist Noreen ('Norrey'), who died in 1988, the couple spent much time travelling the world.
But one of their favourite places was the Lake District and Mr and Mrs Dilcock's ashes are to be scattered over the fells.
Mr Lamprell, aged 67, who now lives in Colorado, said his father was not only a prominent figure on the Midland court circuit - being honoured with an OBE for his work - but was also a lay preacher at Walsall's St Paul's Church.
Mr Dilcock was born on December 19, 1911, in Wallasey, Cheshire, and went to Liverpool University, aged 15, with a Latin scholarship.
A strong swimmer, he was trained as a lifesaver by the Royal National Lifeboat Institution.
The funeral took place on Thursday and a date for a thanksgiving service in Walsall has yet to be confirmed.