Dad-of-two Russell Cowan, 44, pictured left, died following a tragic fall in the town of Menaggio, Italy.
Many mourners are expected to attend the decorated RAF veteran’s funeral next week. His widow Trudy, of Manor Road, Brimington, said: “Russell was absolutely wonderful and touched so many.
“He always saw the best in people and wanted to help them – he was such a selfless person.
“My husband was generous and kind to a fault and supported many good causes.
“He was raising funds for a prostate cancer charity on a car rally when he tragically died.”
She added: “Russell was very passionate about his family and took great pride in the achievements of his children.
“He enjoyed watching football with his son Greg and horse riding with his daughter Grace.
“Russell was loving, kind and honourable.
“He will be sadly missed by all who knew him and will never be forgotten.”
Mr Cowan, who died on June 5, was born in Hong Kong and lived locally all his life.
He joined the RAF aged 19, served his country for eight years and was awarded a medal for his efforts during the Balcan war.
Mr Cowan’s entrepreneurial skills saw him manage and lead a number of successful businesses.
He leaves Trudy, Greg, Grace, parents Kath and Ron, sister Fiona, nieces Natalie and Jodie, nephew Arben and a large extended family.
Family and close friends will attend his cremation at Chesterfield Crematorium at 10.10am on Monday.
The family would like to invite anyone who knew Mr Cowan to toast his life at the Butchers Arms pub in Brimington from 11.15am.