Featherston pack attack victim Glen Jones was a man with "a heart of gold and only a little bit of mischief in his eyes", said Brent Jones at his brother's funeral.
Hundreds of mourners have gathered for the funeral, being held at Anzac Hall in Bell St, Featherston this morning.
Mr Jones' coffin arrived about 11am, adorned with fruit and vegetables.
Five people have been arrested in connection with the fatal attack on Glen Jones, 40, at his Fitzherbert St home early on Saturday.
All five - three men and two women - appeared in Masterton District Court charged with aggravated burglary this morning.
Brent Jones, who lives in Australia, said his brother was diagnosed with a brain tumour at the age of two. Doctors told his parent's Dave and Sue they did not expect him to live past five.
"Unfortunately last Friday night evil came to visit," he said.
"My heart is broken beyond belief."
Mr Jones went to school in Featherston and Greytown and worked for 15 years at the Featherston Community Supermarket.
"He was a man with a heart of gold and only a little bit of mischief in his eyes," his brother said through tears.
"[He was] a true role model of any generation of how to be nice to anyone.
"He never had a bad word to say about anyone."
Brent Jones said his brother knew how to party and loved karaoke.
"He loved to be one of the boys and he was welcome in any house, pub, party or shin-dig in the area.
"He didn't need bullshit to keep the conversation going."
Mr Jones said his brother loved life in general.
Media are not allowed inside Anzac Hall, but speakers have been set up outside the hall.
- The Dominion Post
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