A Dundee dad, who fought cancer for seven years, has died the day before his daughter’s 16th birthday.
Mark Vannet, 43, passed away at home in St Mary’s on Sunday after a brave battle with a brain tumour.
Despite the excruciating pain he suffered, Mark married his childhood friend Nicky, also 43, in Cyprus in May 2012.
Devastated Nicky said: “I hadn’t seen Mark for 20 years since growing up as children and we just clicked straight away all of a sudden we were together.
“It was about six months after he was diagnosed with the tumour, but that didn’t affect us at all. We were very, very happy.
“I can’t remember how he proposed to me, but, over a year ago, we decided to get married despite his illness and while on holiday in Cyprus we got married.
“It was just a small private ceremony in the town hall, but it was absolutely beautiful. The archway we posed in front of for pictures was stunning.
“Despite his illness, we wanted to get married. It didn’t bother me at all that he was so ill. I just wanted to be with him.”
Mark was a big Celtic fan, and was a popular figure in his neighbourhood.
The former painter and decorator went through three major operations to combat the tumour, but Nicky said he never gave up and battled to the end.
Tragically, Mark died the day before his daughter, Chloe, turned 16.
Nicky, who also has a son Ross, 19, and a daughter Robyn, 17, said that the family were pulling together.
She said: “He had two goals that he wanted to reach before he died. One was to see Chloe turn 16 and the other was to see his baby niece arrive into the world.
“Unfortunately, he didn’t make it and Chloe is absolutely devastated. Although we had a lot of time to prepare for his death, when the time actually comes, it throws all preparations out of the window.
“Mark was always smiling. He was the happiest person I knew, despite his illness. Whenever we went in to Tesco, it was a nightmare because he would get stopped by every second person that’s how popular he was.”