A poignant car park tribute will form part of the funeral for Thornaby car wash man Craig Barker.
Mr Barker – also known as Craig Slater – died two days after he was allegedly assaulted at his home in Cleatlam Close, Hardwick, Stockton, on July 22.
A Stockton man has been charged with his murder.
A popular figure, the 47-year-old was well-known for washing cars in the Pavilion car park at Thornaby.
And, fittingly, the place his sons called his “second home” will be on the route for his funeral cortege on Thursday, October 11.
On Facebook, the Pavilion’s deputy manager posted: “The funeral car will be driving through the main car park of the town centre, where he worked for many years, between 9.30am-9.35am so anyone who wants to pay their respects are all welcome.”
Craig’s funeral notice says he was the “devoted soulmate of Sarah” and “the most loving and caring father of Andrew, Natalie, Corrie, Macaulay, Ethan, Kelsey and Nikita.”
It adds he was a “wonderful and cherished ‘Grandad Boyo’ and an amazing friend to so many.”
His funeral will take place at Teesside Crematorium on Thursday at 10am in the chapel of St Bede.
Floral tributes, if desired, to Irene Jessop Funeral Service, Isla House, 81-83 Lanehouse Road, Thornaby, tel 01642 601736 and/or donations in lieu to the Intensive Care Unit at James Cook University Hospital.
Mourners are asked to wear an item of blue to honour his memory.
• Nathan Davis, 25, of Wylam Road, Stockton, has denied murder and two counts of having an offensive weapon, an axe. He is to stand trial on February 4.