Roy Thompson was missing for eight days and now his relatives want his legacy to live on after his body was found in the woods in Brimington.
John Jackson, Mr Thompson’s nephew, said on behalf of the family: “Our darkest fears were realised when our beloved father, husband, brother, uncle and friend, Roy Thompson, was found Friday, October 23 2015, having passed away.
“Our very public search for him has come to its awful conclusion and we are desperately seeking ways to come to terms with his loss and to understand why this avoidable tragedy happened.
“Roy’s legacy of helping others throughout his life continues and so many will never know of his contribution to improve their lives across the Third World.
“We now face our world without him and we will forever struggle to understand how this came to be. At this time we would like to thank Derbyshire police for their unwavering task of finding Roy, the charity Missing Persons for their assistance and the public, through social media and those whom we met during our search, for their overwhelming support and kindness.
“We would respectfully ask that the family is now left to mourn our loss in private.”
Mr Thompson, 60, was described a vulnerable and was last seen leaving Chesterfield Royal Hospital at 9.20am on Thursday, October 15.