Family in moving tributes to much-missed Brian, 46
FELIXSTOWE: Moving and affectionate tributes were today paid to a much-loved father, son, and brother, who was found dead at his Felixstowe home.
Brian Caton had been battling depression for several months before his death.
The 46-year-old’s family and friends tried to help and support the father-of-four, but were unable to prevent the personal tragedy.
Mr Caton’s mother Joan, and 73-year-old father, Clive, paid tribute to their second eldest son, and also expressed their gratitude for the comforting words people have offered following his death.
Mrs Caton, 73, of High Street, Walton, said: “If we ever needed any help Brian would always be there to help us.
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“We would like to thank everyone for their kindness, best wishes and support. We have been overwhelmed, really overwhelmed.”
Mr Caton, a former pupil of Orwell High School, was one of five children, and had two brothers Alan and Andrew, and two sisters Amanda and Susan.
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His elder brother Alan, spoke movingly of what Brian meant to his family, as well as giving a snapshot of the person he was.
He said: “It is an honour and a privilege to pay tribute to a very special brother. Brian was remarkable in so many ways.
“He lived his life to the full and touched so many people.
“Brian had varied life experiences from being a postman, shop manager, and factory worker, to being a steward in the merchant navy. But, above all, Brian was first and foremost a family man.
“He loved his family unequivocally and selflessly. He was a devoted father to his four children, Brian, Jacqui, Ollie and Maisie, of whom he was immensely proud.
“Brian was happiest when he was surrounded by his family, particularly on a summer’s day at the beach hut.”
He added: “Despite his illness in recent months we were all bewildered, shocked and stunned by his sudden death, which has left a gaping hole in our family that will never be filled. We will really miss him. He was quite simply a wonderful, lovable and unique brother.”
Brian’s body was discovered at his home in Langer Road on August 23.
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