Hundreds of mourners packed in to St Mary’s Church in Hadleigh for the funeral of John Chisnall, who died after a courageous battle with cancer.
Mr Chisnall, from Ann Beaumont Way, 51, was described as a respected son and proud father-of-five.
He ran the family’s building business, M Chisnall & Sons in Crockatt Road, which his father Maitland started in 1963.
The oldest of six children, Mr Chisnall went to school in the town and studied bricklaying at West Suffolk College.
Most of his siblings and their families still live in and around Hadleigh, including his parents, Maureen and Maitland Chisnall, from Station Road.
Brother Stephen Chisnall said: “He was a typical older brother to me – he looked after everyone. He was the leader of our gang.
“We had worked together for 30 years and he was always very fit, and he even won a national award when he was 46 or 47 for being the fittest director in the country.
“He had been a member of Hadleigh Hares for about 15 years doing triathalons and ironman events. His illness first came to light in August last year.”
Mr Chisnall said his brother had travelled to Israel to receive cancer cell therapy.
He leaves his partner Sally-Ann and children Alexandra, 24, Abbey, 23, Chloe, 22, Jake, 20 and Maddison, 12.