Tributes paid to family man

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A DOTING grandfather-of-five fell to his death from the roof of his home.

Tributes have been paid to Mike Mitchell, who died in hospital 10 days after plunging from the top of his conservatory at his Carnforth home.

The 63-year-old Rotarian was found by his wife Susan, after she returned from a trip to the hairdressers.

He was taken by air ambulance to the Royal Preston Hospital but didn’t wake from a coma.

Mrs Mitchell said she had left her husband, a retired Heysham Power Station engineer, cleaning the conservatory roof.

“He had been cleaning the soffit boards around the house on a ladder, and that morning he said he was going to do the top of the conservatory using a brush,” she said.

“When I left the house he was up on the conservatory roof.

“We’ll never know what happened but I think he was probably coming down the ladder when he fell backwards.”

Mrs Mitchell, 61, said her husband was responsive while they waited for help to arrive.

“He could squeeze my hand and was trying to get up; he was moving his arms and legs and holding his head.”

Mr Mitchell spoke briefly in hospital before being put into an induced coma.

He remained in a coma for ten days until he died on June 5 due to a massive brain injury.

Mrs Mitchell said: “They were absolutely marvellous at the hospital. I have nothing but praise for them, they couldn’t have done any more.”

She also praised the North West Air Ambulance, and the family asked for donations to be made to the charity.

Born in Oldham, Mr Mitchell and his wife were married in 1969 and moved to Carnforth 10 years later, when Mr Mitchell took up as a job as an engineer at the power station.

The couple have three children – Kay, 41, Lisa, 39, and Matthew, 36 – and five grandchildren, Thomas, 11, William, eight, Mia, nine, Lola, six, and two-year-old James.

Mr Mitchell is also survived by his sister Patricia.

He was a member of Carnforth Rotary Club and was its president a couple of years ago.

He had also previously been chairman of the PTA at Our Lady of Lourdes Primary School in Carnforth.

“He worked long hours at the power station but joined the Rotary just before he retired, and he thoroughly enjoyed his time with them,” Mrs Mitchell said.

“He had also taken up golf and making jewellery and had just done a talk to the townswomen’s guild.

“He also enjoyed his time with the grandchildren.

“He retired early and had five years of that so he was very lucky in that respect.

“He enjoyed his job and his family life; he had had a happy life and we have to take some small comfort from that.”