The family of a Bildeston man who died from stab wounds in his mother’s garden earlier this month have described him as a “cheeky, fun-loving character”.
Brian Knock, 38, was found with several stab wounds in Brooksfield, where he was understood to have been living, at 4am on September 1 and pronounced dead at the scene.
Barry Estabrook, 44, from nearby Brooks View, was charged with his murder and is due to appear at Ipswich Crown Court on November 15.
Mr Knock’s family, who did not wish to be named, said in a statement: “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.”
The family described Mr Knock as devoted to his dog Saffy and “a big softy” who was not afraid to show his emotions and tell those he loved how he felt about them.
“Brian loved wildlife and had a great knowledge and love for animals, insects and snakes,” the statement read.
“He played the hero on many occasions, helping out family, friends and neighbours, and sometimes people unknown to him.
“He was a cheeky, fun-loving character with a big smile and a big heart. There was never a dull moment when he was around.”
The family said Mr Knock was loved by everyone who knew him and would be sadly missed. They thanked those who had sent flowers and visited them following Mr Knock’s death.
“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,” they said.
His father said Mr Knock would regularly visit with his two daughters and chat with him about their shared experiences of the building trade.
“He was a hard-working, happy-go-lucky young man who loved life. Brian befriended everyone who knew him,” he said.
Mr Knock’s funeral will be held at Seven Hills Crematorium in Nacton on Thursday.