Tributes have poured in for a Sunderland dad after he lost his fight against cancer just days before Christmas.
Family and friends of Terry MacDonald were today paying their last respects to the popular 37-year-old at his funeral service.
As reported in last night’s Echo, much-loved Terry –partner of Lindsey Carlson and dad to their two boys Kai, 11, and Finn, five – was diagnosed with cancer six months ago, shortly after returning home from a family holiday.
He died peacefully at his home, in Penwood Road, at 6.45am on December 17, with his fiancée of 14-years and his mum Olwyn by his side.
Heartbroken Lindsey said: “He was such a great dad and he treated me like a princess – we just feel lost without him.”
Many of Terry’s friends have now left their own poignant tributes on social media to the award-winning Sky salesman.
Posting on the Echo’s Facebook page, Dempsey Robertson described Terry as an “unbelievable bloke”.
He added: “Not one person had a bad word to say about him. He genuinely was one of the best ones. Unmeasurable loss for his family and friends, but also for Sunderland.
“Everyone knew Ter Mac. And it was always a funny story. When we used to go out he would tell us how much he loved Lindsey and how much everyday was like the first day.
“He was a tremendous bloke. Real family man. Real friend. Can guarantee the show of respect will be overwhelming.
“Me and my family send our love and sympathy to all his family and friends. R.I.P Ter.”
Family member Demi Carlson wrote: “You made my sister and nephews have the best days of their lives, always happiness with you never a dark/dull moment , forever in our hearts.”
Workmate Andrew Robinson added: “RIP my good friend and work colleague. You’re an absolute diamond and credit to yourself. May God bless your family.”
Friend Sam Dolman posted: “One of the best lads I have had the pleasure to know. My heartfelt sympathy goes to Lindsey and his boys Kai and Finn.
“You were one in a million Terry and will be missed by all who knew you.”
Sharon Smith added: “Lovely man in every way will be missed by so many, I know everyone says nice things in this situation, but he honestly was one of a kind who brightened everyone’s day with that megawatt smile or his and wicked sense of humour.”
Julie Greathead wrote: “Absolutely devastating. I remember Terry from school, he was always happy, laughing and joking around. My thoughts are with his family.”
Dave Appleby said: “So shocked to hear this, worked with Terry at Nissan, top bloke all round one of the best.” A service was being held at St Thomas Church, Pennywell, today at 11am, followed by cremation at Sunderland Crematorium.