THE FAMILY of the Bromsgrove man who sadly lost his life in a collision last month have released a moving tribute.
Michael Thompson died on the morning of March 31 after he was involved in a crash with a DAF lorry while cycling along Hanbury Road toward his work place in Stoke Prior.
The 65-year-old worked at L G Harris and Co for 40 years despite reaching retirement age and cycled the route every day.
In a statement the family said: “Michael, more popularly known as Mick, was devoted to his family, his wife of 39 years Angela and his children Kerry, Carl, Donna and Vicky.
“He loved work, yes work. Even at retirement age, he wouldn’t give it up and continued to cycle that same route as he had done for 40 years to work at L.G. Harris & Co. Unfortunately, on that day, he was taken from us prematurely whilst riding his bike, which he so loved to do.
“Mick worked hard all of his life to give us all the very best he could but didn’t even get a chance to say goodbye.”
They described him as a funny and caring man who loved to chat and was a great listener, having time for everyone he met.
“He always saw the best in people. He was a popular man, loved by all and touched the lives of everyone who met him.
“We are all heartbroken and our lives will never be the same without him.
“Losing our dad and our best friend is unbearable, but what will keep us going are the treasured memories that we have. Everyone’s special words make us proud that he is our dad. He is a rare diamond, a one in a million.
“He never came home that day, and now he never will but the home he gave us will live on. He was taken from us too quickly and has left a hole that can never be replaced. He will be so desperately missed by us all.
“My dad. My hero.”
Police are urging anyone with information to contact them on the non emergency 101 number or to call Crimestopppers anonymously on 08000 555111.