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The Old Bailey heard Fusilier Lee Rigby was an "extremely professional, popular and witty soldier" with an "outgoing personality".
Prosecutor Richard Whittam QC read a statement to the court from retired brigadier Ian Liles, who said Fusilier Rigby had a "natural affinity with young people".
He said: "Fusilier Rigby was a larger than life personality who was well-known and liked by all who came across him, regardless of rank or status.
"His loyalty and work ethic were beyond reproach, and no matter how arduous the task, he carried it out to the best of his ability and always with a smile on his face."
The trial has been adjourned until Monday.
Jurors in the Lee Rigby murder trial have been told extremist material, which the prosecution claims belongs to defendant Michael Adebolajo, was found when they searched his father's house.
This included one book called Extreme Islam, in which the passages "Allah does not like any drop more than the drop of blood shed in his way" and "Martyrdom means transfusion of blood into society" had been highlighted.
The memory card in his BlackBerry phone also contained documents and lectures on the same topics, the court heard.
The jury in the Lee Rigby murder trial has been shown footage of a police interview with Michael Adebolajo in which he said it was "almost as if Allah had chosen" Fusilier Rigby.
Adebolajo can be heard describing what he considered to be the most humane way of killing the soldier, adding, "He may be my enemy but he is a man".
The jury in the Lee Rigby murder trial was shown an image of a Vauxhall Tigra prosecutors claim was driven by defendant Michael Adebolajo during the soldier's killing.
Defendants Adebolajo and Michael Adebowale both deny murdering Fusilier Rigby.
The jury in the Lee Rigby murder trial were today shown images of knives that were found at the scene.