A WIFE has paid tribute to her “soulmate” who died suddenly on holiday.
Mike Dawson, 38, was in the resort of Port Andratx, Majorca, when he suffered a cardiac arrest.
He had appeared fit and healthy before his heart developed an irregular rhythm that caused it to stop beating.
Wife Caroline, 38, who works in communications for John Lewis, said they were in their favourite place when her husband died on June 19.
“We have been going to Port Andratx for several years, and it really is our favourite place to be,” she said.
“We had had a fantastic day swimming, going to the beach, having a beer while the sun went down and a meal of sushi.
“We went to bed the happiest people alive.
“He died very suddenly in the early hours of the morning and did not suffer at all.”
Mike, an auditor, formerly of Grangetown, had moved away from Wearside to attend Warwick University.
He gained a masters degree in physics there and met Caroline.
The couple had been together for 18 years and married for nine. They lived in Bromsgrove, Worcestshire, and visited Sunderland regularly.
“Mike loved the sea,” said Caroline, who flew home from Majorca on June 21.
“He shared his memories of the seaside with me, such as the cliffs and promenade at Grangetown, Roker seafront and pier, and Dalton-le-Dale. The last we visited, I think it was August.”
Mike, who attended Southmoor School and Bede College, was son to Maria McLaren, of Spennymoor, Bill Dawson, who died when Mike was 16, and stepmum Chris Dawson, of St Peter’s.
The SAFC fan was football team captain at Grangetown Primary School, as well as a keen swimmer and golfer.
“He played golf all over the world,” said Caroline. “But he always spoke fondly of Boldon Golf Club.”
Mike’s cremation was to take place at Stourbridge Crematorium, West Midlands, today at 11.40am.
Donations, if desired, can be made to British Heart Foundation. www.justgiving.com/MikeDawson.