TRIBUTES have been paid to a ‘loving and caring father’ who died in a car crash in Freckenham just nine days before Christmas.
Brett Mullinger, 33, of Woodcutters Way, Lakenheath, was driving his red Vauxhall Astra along the C608 at Freckenham on December 16 when he left the road, crossed a verge and crashed into trees at around 10.50pm.
Emergency crews managed to free him from the wreckage but he was later pronounced dead at the scene at 11.25pm.
Mr Mullinger’s parents have paid tribute to their son who was the ‘life and soul’ of family gatherings.
The father-of-one went to Mildenhall middle and upper schools, playing for the rugby team and joining the Army Cadets.
It was his hope to join the Army so he applied after leaving school but although he passed the entrance exams, he couldn’t join because of his weight.
But ‘girls and a good time got him over it’, reads the tribute.
In 2002 his daughter Chloe, ‘his little darling and princess’, was born.
“He could not have been prouder and loved her to bits and was a very loving and caring father,” the tribute continues.
Mr Mullinger worked at Tesco before trying his hand at the building trade and joining the Ministry of Defence at RAF Feltwell.
The tribute reads: “All who knew Brett loved him no more so than his mum and dad, he was their best friend, too.
“There will always be a big hole in our hearts that well never be filled without you.
“We miss you so much.”