Family tribute to devoted dad Michael, 41, from Potters Bar following crash
PUBLISHED: 12:24 10 October 2018 | UPDATED: 12:32 10 October 2018
The family of a Potters Bar father-of-two have paid tribute to him after he died in a road accident while driving a horse and trap.
Michael Bates, 41, was driving in a horse and trap on a street near Waltham Cross on October 1 when he and his passenger were involved in a crash with a Mazda.
Both Michael and his passenger, who was from Enfield, were taken to hospital, but tragically, succumbed to their injuries.
The police investigation into the circumstances surrounding the collision is ongoing.
Michael’s family say they are “totally devastated” by his death.
Michael grew up in Waltham Cross with his parents, his two sisters Julie and Katie, and their brother Robert.
He went to Hurst Drive Primary School before moving on to Turnford Secondary School.
Michael met long-term partner Melissa Vyse when he was 19 years old.
They lived together in Waltham Cross before moving to Potters Bar and have two children – George, aged 20 and Grayce, aged 15.
He worked on his greengrocer stall in Wood Green, North London, which has now been in the family for four generations.
Michael recently passed the business onto George, but still played an active part in running the stall.
He is described by his family as a joker who loved having a laugh and would always help anyone who found themselves in trouble.
He was a dedicated family man who enjoyed holidays with Melissa and their children, including trips to Disney World in Florida and also liked going to horse shows with his family.
He loved everything and anything to do with lorries and also had a keen interest in horses.
Both of his grandfathers were well-known horsemen and Michael spent his early years driving horses with his father.
His passion passed onto his daughter, who he loved taking to various shows, where he would fondly watch Grayce on her pony.
Michael also loved watching George doing motocross.
Michael’s family and friends ask that their privacy is respected at this difficult time.
They would like to thank the man who was first at the scene of the collision and gave first aid, as well as the members of the emergency services who attended.