Heartfelt tributes are being made in memory of a beloved partner and father who sadly passed away following a traffic accident in Ticehurst.
The accident, which involved a white Honda and a blue Vauxhall, occurred at the intersection of Whiligh and High Street around 12.50pm on December 8. Michael Bartholomew, 80, from Wadhurst, a passenger in the Honda, tragically lost his life due to injuries sustained in the accident on December 21, despite extensive efforts from emergency paramedics.
In addition, the 81-year-old driver of the Honda sustained serious injuries and was hospitalised. He has since been released from the hospital.
Michael’s family have issued the following tribute: “We want to thank all of the police officers, air ambulance and hospital staff who were so good with Michael. The care he received was amazing.
“Michael was a footballer in his younger days and an avid cricketer. He belonged to a sports club and was in rotary for more than 20 years.
“As a plumber by trade, everyone knew him in Wadhurst. He was a much-loved man in the village.
“Michael, a father of two, was the partner of Eileen for 13 years after he lost his first wife, and they spent many happy years together.”
Officers are appealing for anyone who witnessed the collision or captured any relevant CCTV or dashcam footage to contact firstname.lastname@example.org, quoting Operation Northorpe.