The family of a man found stabbed multiple times in Bildeston have paid tribute to a ‘loyal friend’ and ‘loving dad’.
Brian Knock, 38, was found in the garden of a house in Brooksfield on September 1 and was pronounced dead at the scene.
In a statement released by the family Mr Knock is described as a ‘cheeky, fun loving character’.
It reads: “He was a loving devoted son, the best Dad in the world to his girls and loved dearly by them.
“He was an amazing, fun brother who could also be annoying at times.
“Brian enjoyed spending time with his nieces and nephews, and in return they loved him dearly and enjoyed every moment spent with him.
“He was a loyal friend to those who knew him since childhood, and all the other many friends he made throughout his life. And of course – he was devoted to his dog ‘Saffy’.
“He was a big tough man on the outside but a big softy underneath who was not afraid to tell those close to him how much he loved them, or to cry and show his sadness and to laugh out loud when happy.
“Brian loved wildlife and had a great knowledge and love for animals, insects and snakes.
“He played the hero on many occasions helping out family, friends and neighbours, and sometimes people unknown to him.
“Brian was a cheeky, fun loving character with a big smile and a big heart.
“There was never a dull moment when he was around.
“On a recent family holiday to Tunisia, within a few days of being there, Brian seemed to know everyone at the hotel and soon became great friends with the entertainment team, often taking part in their shows, much to his family’s amusement.
“He spent many hours playing and having fun and spending precious time with his girls, lots of great memories for his family to cherish.
“Brian was all these things and much, much more.
“Loved by all that knew him, he will be missed beyond words.
“His life was short but he made such a big impression on everyone that he will be remembered in the memories and hearts of all that ever had the good fortune to meet him.
“We would like to say a big thank you to all who have sent flowers, and have visited to share their love, memories and sadness with us.
“To Brian who will be sadly missed by all but will always be in our hearts, rest in peace.”
Mr Knock’s funeral will take place at 12.45pm on Thursday September 26 at Seven Hills Crematorium in Nacton.
Barry Estabrook, 44, of Brooks View, Bildeston, has been charged with Mr Knock’s murder.