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Right to the end, he lived to help others: John Dallat family in emotional tribute after MLA’s death

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Anne Dallat

Anne Dallat

Freddie Parkinson

With her late husband

With her late husband

John with two of his grandchildren, Sophia and Harriet

John with two of his grandchildren, Sophia and Harriet

John at a memorial event for murdered backpacker Inga Maria Hauser

John at a memorial event for murdered backpacker Inga Maria Hauser

Inga Maria Hauser

Inga Maria Hauser

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John's daughter Helena with Sophia

John's daughter Helena with Sophia

Freddie Parkinson

Anne Dallat

Last August was an unforgettable month for Anne Dallat, but not in the way she had envisaged. The 66-year-old knew it would bring a landmark - 45 years married to John, one of Northern Ireland's most popular and respected politicians.

But neither of them knew it would also bring a devastating diagnosis of the cancer that would ultimately claim the life of the SDLP MLA at the age of 73.

"When he came out of the surgery last year I asked him what the doctor had said and he told me to wait until we got to the car," Anne recalls.