Family pays tribute to great grandfather killed in 'road rage' incident after he got all-clear from cancer
Family pay tribute to 'road rage' stabbing victim Donald Lock
Published 18/07/2015 | 19:11
The family of a great-grandfather killed shortly after he was given the all-clear from cancer have paid tribute to his "wisdom", "wit" and "charm".
Donald Lock, 79, was stabbed repeatedly in an apparent road rage attack after a minor crash with another car.
The driver got out of the car and fatally stabbed the pensioner before driving away, Sussex Police said.
Today members of Mr Lock's tearful family hugged each other for support as they told of their sadness at his death, and thanked the public who battled to save his life.
His voice cracking with emotion, Mr Lock's son Andrew said: "The whole family are incredibly overwhelmed with all the messages of sympathy and support, the sheer volume of tributes on the various social media sites, and people even changing their profile pictures to a picture of dad.
"To the people who tried their best to help dad at the scene, we are deeply grateful for what they did, and know they did all that they could. We can only say thank you to you, and they are very much appreciated."
He added: "It is now a very difficult time for all of us, and we will be working hard to support mum through the unenviable process that will follow as a result of the circumstances, which will only delay the chance for us to move on and just remember dad for the fantastic person he was - full of wisdom, full of wit, always calm.
"Always supportive, the perfect role model, and full of charm.
"Don, dad, granddad and great-granddad the best."
Mr Lock was knifed repeatedly following the minor crash on the A24 at Findon, near Worthing, West Sussex, on Thursday evening. He died at the scene.
Married for 55 years, he was a veteran member of the Worthing Excelsior Cycling Club.
His family said he had recently been given the all-clear from cancer and was due to become a great grandfather for the sixth time.
Wearing the blue cycling jersey of his father's beloved team, Mr Lock said his dad was itching to get back to competitive cycling after returning to fitness.
He said: "As has already been said and stated, dad had recently been given the all-clear from prostate cancer, medication stopped and energy returning and he even mooted the idea of doing a race with me later in the year.
"Although a few days later he did change his mind, as he realised he was probably being a bit optimistic, and probably concerned with how keen I was about doing the race."
He told of how his parents had been looking forward to going on cruise next month before heading to Scotland for a holiday.
And Mr Lock raised a warm chuckle from his family stood next to him as he recounted his father's adventurous streak - travelling around the world and even riding ostriches.
He said: "Over recent years we have joked with mum and dad about their holidays, suggesting they let us know when they are at home rather than when they are away.
"They have travelled to all parts of the world over the last 20 or so years. They have often done things that people 20 years younger would think twice about - walking over the Sydney Harbour Bridge, jet boat rides, even riding ostriches.
"Mum and dad were due to go on a cruise down the Rhine next month and then a few weeks later to their beloved Kentallen lodges near Glencoe in Scotland, a place that holds many memories for both of them."
A 34-year-old man from Worthing is being questioned on suspicion of murder after he was arrested by armed officers some 18 hours after the attack.
Police were this morning granted further time to question him, and have until midnight on Sunday to decide to charge or release the suspect.
Sussex Police said they have seized a knife which they have sent for forensic examination in connection with the murder inquiry.
The senior investigating officer, Detective Chief Inspector Paul Rymarz of the Surrey and Sussex Major Crime Team, said: "Mr Lock was the victim of a violent, unprovoked attack that he had no chance to defend himself against."
Mr Lock, known as Don, leaves son Andy, daughter Sandra, four grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren, with the sixth great-grandchild due later this year. The keen Brighton and Hove football fan had lived in Worthing for 55 years.
A stream of family and friends have left floral tributes at the scene of the murder.