FAMILY always played an important role in Darren Valvona's life.
He came from a big family and had been with his partner Melissa Fieldhouse, for several years.
The couple have an eight-year-old son, Joseph.
Melissa has three other children, Kriston, 16, Arron, 14, and Bethany, 12.
Darren also leaves two daughters from a previous relationship, 12-year-old Nicole and seven-year-old Chloe, who live in Halifax.
Melissa, 33, said: "Darren was a born joker and could be both very funny and stubborn.
"He had a wonderful loving side to his nature, but kept his emotions very private."
He was very close to his brother, Tony, who died five years ago.
Their sister, Lisa, 33, said: "They were inseparable and when Tony died Darren said it was like he had lost half of himself.
"He loved Mel and the kids. If they wanted anything, they got it."
Joseph, a pupil at Paddock Junior School close to the family home at Heaton Road, said: "Dad was wonderful.
"He'd take me ice-skating, 10-pin bowling and out on the back of his motorbike."
Darren was educated at Brooksbank School in Elland and Halifax Catholic High.