Tributes paid to dad

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A FATHER-OF-TWO described by his sister as a “happy go lucky” character has died in a car crash in Misterton.

Philip Grattan, 46, was driving home from his work as a rigger at West Burton Power Station when his VW Golf collided with a Vauxhall Astra on the A616 Haxey Road at about 3.50pm last Thursday.

His sister Serena, 37, paid tribute to her beloved elder brother, from Selby, who “lived for today” and always “enjoyed life to the full”.

“On a summer’s day, he could regularly be found in the beer garden at Abbey Vaults in Selby with a pint of Guinness in his hand and a smile on his face,” she said.

“He was certainly a face about town and always had time for people. Everyone in town knew him.”

Philip grew up in Selby and attended Staynor High School before heading out to the United States for many years.

It was in America that he met his wife Lori, and they had two children – 13-year-old Lennyx and Jensyn, six – who live in Indiana.

Serena added: “I think those were the best years of his life really. Travelling around America doing different jobs.”

About four years ago, he moved back to Selby to live at his parents’ home.

In his spare time, he loved bike racing, especially Formula One, and enjoyed listening to reggae music.

Philip also leaves behind his loving parents Terry and Carole, and his brother David.

Police are asking for anyone who saw either vehicle in the area at the time to come forward.

Anyone with any information or who saw either vehicle prior to the crash is asked to contact Detective Sergeant James Greely at Notts Police’s Crash Investigation Unit on 0300 300 9999 ext 816 2225, or call Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.