Patrick Pritzwald-Stegmann would have happily been a full-time dad to his young twin daughters.
Instead, the respected heart surgeon worked hard to help others at Melbourne's Box Hill Hospital, which is where the 41-year-old became the victim of an alleged one-punch attack.
Friends and colleagues gathered on Friday for an emotional memorial service for the German-born specialist who died on June 28, four weeks after allegedly being hit at the hospital's entrance.
His wife, Christine, described a man who was thrilled to be a father.
"I will miss the way his eyes lit up when he saw (the girls) and he often said to me he would be happy being a full-time dad," she told the hundreds of mourners.
"He was so proud of his daughters."
The couple met at university in New Zealand, where Patrick had emigrated with his parents.
After spending time in NZ and Germany, the pair settled in Melbourne.
Uncle Johannes Arleth remembered being at the hospital when his "charming" nephew was born and broke down as he described their close relationship.
"A day with Patrick was always a good day," he said.
Mr Arleth said his nephew was a "tall boy with a bright smile" and he was always in a good mood.
"For the future I know whenever I will be in a bad mood I just have to think about Patrick and my mood will change and I will start to smile," he said.
Dr Pritzwald-Stegmann was known at the hospital for baking elaborate cakes for his daughters' birthdays and taking them with him on his weekend rounds.
A scholarship fund established in honour of Dr Pritzwald-Stegmann will name its first recipient in November.
The Cardiothoracic Young Achievers Award has been set up by the Foundation for Surgery.
Dr Pritzwald-Stegmann was cremated at a private funeral service attended by family and close friends last week.
Joseph Esmaili, 22, faces four charges of intentionally and recklessly causing serious injury over Dr Pritzwald-Stegmann's death and will face a committal mention on October 2.