Family members have paid a loving tribute to James Phillip Carter, of Sleaford, who died following a collision in Threekingham on January 20.
In a statement issued via Lincolnshire Police, the family say that Mr Carter - also known as Phil, or Pops, or Gramps - was a ‘larger than life character’.
His family added: “He was incredibly warm and so loved by so many people, not least of all by us his family, it was hard not to love him.”
The 89-year-old died following a two-vehicle road collision in Threekingham on the A52 near to the Saltersway junction and was reported to police shortly after 1pm.
Mr Carter, the driver of a silver Nissan, was seriously injured and flown to Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham, by air ambulance but later died.
The male driver of a white Mercedes van also involved was not seriously injured, said police.
His family say Mr Carter (pictured) was fit, healthy and active. They said: “He looked about 65 and acted 19. He was level-headed and never unwell, he never went to the doctor and you’d never have known he was the age he was because he was so sharp and had such an active social life with so many friends.”
Mr Carter lost his wife around 20 years ago. He served in the Royal Navy when he was a young man and had a lifelong love of the Royal Marines music and classical music.
He leaves more than 20 grandchildren and great-grandchildren. His family said: “He was such a lively and large character that him suddenly not being here has left a huge gap.
“We would like to say a huge thank you to the emergency services who helped him following the accident and the people in cars who stopped to help - without them we don’t think we would have been able to be with him at the hospital when he passed away.”
Instead of flowers at his funeral, which is still being arranged, his family have requested donations to Cancer Research or to the local Air Ambulance.