The family of a man who was murdered in Rochdale have paid tribute to him.

John Rimmer, 54, was admitted to hospital with head injuries around 8.40pm on Wednesday September 4 but passed away two days later on Friday September 6.

In a tribute, John’s family said:

Our whole family is shocked and deeply saddened by the tragic death of John. John was a kind soul, full of passion for people, music, education and most of all his loyal dogs. He was loved by everyone who ever knew him on his journey. He was gentle but harsh. He was strong and empathic. He was straightforward and honest. He simply knew his role in life was to share love for everything with everyone who walked by his side. His son has been extremely brave. The whole family are holding on tight with the help of his wonderful loyal long term friends.


A 42-year-old man and a 59-year-old woman were arrested on Thursday 5 September on suspicion of assault but have since been released under investigation.

  • Anybody with information should contact police on 0161 856 6777, quoting incident number 152 of 5 September 2019, or the independent charity Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.