KARL Law’s uncle has said thanks to the people of Fareham for their overwhelming support during the family’s frantic search to find the dad-of-one.
Karl went missing in Prague while on a stag do last month, and his body was found by police almost three weeks later.
His uncle Richard Stock was in the Czech capital when Karl was found and identified the body.
He spoke to The News at a memorial to Karl’s life last night on Fareham.
‘The people of Fareham have been absolutely amazing. No-one could wish for any more than what they have done,’ he said.
‘The community has come together – it’s unbelievable.’
Karl, who was 34 when he went missing, had a three-year-old son, Lenny, and a fiancee, Amanda Collins. Richard, 60, added: ‘He was like a son to me. He was bubbly and eccentric.
‘He loved his hats – he wouldn’t be seen without a hat.
‘He never had a bad word to say against anyone.
‘He was loved so much in the family. He worked hard all his life.
‘I took him on from school as a 15-year-old. He came to work with me.
‘He’s left a beautiful son behind. I just can’t believe it’s happened.’
Karl’s body is being flown back to the UK today and the funeral is expected to take place in the second week of January.
The memorial took place at Hill Park Memorial Working Men’s Club in Highlands Road, Fareham. Joanne Knee, 39, is Karl’s cousin.
She added: ‘I didn’t see Karl a lot but every time I did, he was full of cuddles and smiles. We always got on when we saw each other.
‘Karl was very mellow and soft, and down-to-earth. He didn’t have a bad bone in his body. He was loving and caring. This is what makes it so hard.
‘He was a lovely man who’s going to be missed by many.’
Memorial was a way to pay tribute to him
LAST night’s event was originally organised as a fundraiser to help find Karl.
But when his body was found, it was decided it should go ahead as a memorial to him.
Lisa Fletcher, 33, from Fareham, put the night together.
There was a book of remembrance to sign, and some gifts for Karl’s son Lenny, three. And there was live music from singer Roy Peplow.
She said: ‘It’s going to be hard at Christmas but we want to make it as easy as possible.
‘He would give any moment of his time for you.
‘He was smiling all the time. He was one of the most popular guys.’