“From the moment we met, I could instantly say that Karl was a wonderful, exceptional person and so different to anyone I had ever met before. As our love has grown and deepened, I have never been proved wrong.
“He has always loved, cared for and protected me and he embraced all my family in the same way. He was a remarkable father to Connie and I believe this is due to the example set by his own wonderful parents and family who welcomed me as one of their own.
“We were due to be married on October 8 but, actually, I don’t think we needed the piece of paper.
“Everyone could see the love between us and how happy we both were. As a consequence, our children were, too.
“Karl touched so many lives in such positive ways. He taught me never to be judgmental and always to look for the best in people.
“Karl loved life, lived it to the maximum, loved a challenge and wasn’t scared to tread the unknown. He had vision and was an inspiration.
“Anyone who met him was touched by his presence and would never forget him. Karl was my absolute rock and strength.
“I only had a very short time with him, but his impact was profound. He was the soulmate and love of my life.”