Harry Hogg, 84, had previously been a miner at Kellingley Colliery and visited the Kellingley Social Club every day.
It is understood he had been on his way to a gym in Knottingley at about 7am on Friday when his mobility scooter was in a collision with a green Land Rover Discovery on a slip road opposite Spurriers Avenue.
Club steward Paul Green said: “Harry was a very close and dear friend to me. I would like to pay tribute to him in every way. His life revolved around this club.”
Mr Green said Mr Hogg’s death had left everyone who knew him hugely shocked and saddened.
He said: “His involvement in this club over the last 50 years has been immense.
“Only last week we changed a radiator, it was quite heavy, it was a big, 2m one. Harry was trying to help carry it. We said, ‘You can’t do that, you’re 84’, but that’s the character he was.
“You could never fall out with him. He was just such a lovely, lovely character.”
West Yorkshire Police’s Major Collision Enquiry Team is investigating the crash and would like to hear from anyone who saw either vehicle in the time leading up to the collision. No arrests have been made.