Sporty, enthusiastic and a ‘real family man’.
That is how Shelagh Allison described her husband Terry, just weeks after the anniversary of his death from a rare heart cancer.
The former chartered accountant, who lived with his family in Monifieth, lost his battle to angiosarcoma on September 13 last year, aged 49.
Now Shelagh, as well as her daughters Kirsty and Fiona, are planning to take part in a number of fundraising challenges in his memory.
The first one the Great Scottish Run took place on Saturday in Glasgow, where Shelagh was also joined by nieces Claire and Cordelia for the 10K, and nephew Tony who ran the half marathon.
The family has already raised 4,360 for Sarcoma UK, a charity helping those with the rare cancer, which can develop in the muscle, bone, nerves, cartilage, tendons and blood vessels.
Shelagh, 51, said: “Terry underwent emergency open heart surgery in November 2011 after a mass was discovered in his heart which was subsequently diagnosed as angiosarcoma.
“Terry was a fit person who was always active and looked after his health and his diagnosis came as a shock to everyone.
“He had radiotherapy early in 2012 and was fine until December that year when a brain tumour was discovered. Following surgery to remove the tumour, Terry underwent chemotherapy in 2013 and further heart surgery two weeks before he died.
“He was determined to carry on as normal and worked for as long as he could.”
Terry was originally from Auchterhouse and, after a brief stay in Dundee, lived in Monifieth for 24 years.
He was a chartered accountant and audit partner in Henderson Loggie in Dundee, where he was “well respected and much liked” by colleagues and clients alike.
Terry led an active life, playing cricket and rugby for Dundee High School FP, golf, five-a-side football, running and cycling.
Shelagh added: “He is remembered as a real family man, very proud of our daughters Kirsty and Fiona, and enthusiastic about everything he tackled.
“The past year has been very difficult for the family but we’ve had great support from family, friends, colleagues, the rugby club and Maggie’s Cancer Centre.”
Donations can be made on Terry’s tribute page by searching for Shelagh Allison on the Just Giving website.