The family of Rothienorman murder victim Brian McKandie say they are in a state of shock.
They have described him as “dearly beloved” and a “genial sort of chap”.
Mr McKandie, 67, was found at Fairview Cottages in Badenscoth on Saturday, March 12.
Detectives are continuing a murder hunt and want to trace two men a witness reported were seen speaking to him the previous day.
In a statement issued by Police Scotland, Mr McKandie’s relatives said: “Brian was a dearly beloved brother of William, Margaret and the late Elizabeth, brother-in-law, uncle and friend to many.
“He was a genial sort of chap with a dry sense of humour. He was hard-working and very dedicated to his business.
“We have been shocked by the recent events.”
It is thought Mr McKandie suffered a violent attack.