‘John’s death has left a hole in our hearts’ - family of Leiston’s John Proctor

John Proctor

John Proctor - Credit: Archant

Family of a Suffolk man allegedly murdered by his niece today said his death had left “a hole in our hearts” that could never be filled.

Eighty-year-old John Proctor, of Grimsey Road, Leiston, was found dead at his home on June 15.

A post mortem concluded that he had died from compression of the neck.

A tribute issued on behalf of his family today said: “John Proctor, also known as JP, moved to Leiston as a toddler to live with Mrs E Larter. He was a much loved uncle and had been a constant presence in our lives.

“We remember fondly all the Christmases and family events we spent together and he made it special with his quirky mannerisms.


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“The word ‘elderly’ certainly didn’t apply to JP and we used to joke that he would outlive us all.

“He was a very independent person and took much pride in looking after his home and garden.

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“Uncle John was well known for saying what he thought, often putting his foot in it.

“JP was born on Halloween and he loved dressing up. He would spend a fortune on sweets for the local children. He was the life and soul of the party.

“Uncle will be missed by us all leaving a hole in our hearts that can never be filled.”

His niece Susan Warne, 41, of Valley Road, Leiston, has been charged with his murder. She is remanded in custody.

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