The Health and Safety Executive and police are investigating the death of a former farmer who died after he was trapped between a milk tanker and a building.
Michael Padley, 60, from Baildon, was picking up milk from a farm in Cumbria when he was involved in the industrial incident on November 3.
Police were called to Bridge End Farm, Kirkby Thore, Penrith, where he was pronounced dead. His death is not being treated as suspicious.
In a statement, Mr Padley’s family said: “Mick was a dairy farmer at Baildon until 2000 when he and Val, his wife, diversified into Bed and Breakfast and equestrian. Mick loved the role of serving his guests with their breakfast and his humour kept everyone entertained. He loved rugby and he made numerous friends through his association with rugby clubs at Cleckheaton, Goole, and Ripon.
“He loved his work with his long-time friend Charles Payne of Paynes Dairy in Boroughbridge. Mick had many roles within the company. He was known affectionately as “Gobby” by everyone he knew and was a true friend.
“Mick loved to travel and often visited Asia, Australia and New Zealand. He recently went to Port Isaac to view the scenes from Doc Martin and sample the great beer. Mick and Val were married for 32 years. Val is overwhelmed by the number of cards, flowers, and emails she has received from around the globe. His loss leaves a big hole in the lives of many.”