'Taken way too soon' - Tributes paid after husband of Dublin couple diagnosed with terminal cancer dies
A father-of-three who was told he had pancreatic cancer within weeks of his wife also being being diagnosed has died.
Dubliners Ed and Karen Stewart received the devastating news of their illnesses just weeks apart and previously told how they were going to savour their remaining time together.
However, tragedy struck on Friday when Ed died from his illness.
He will be buried after funeral mass on Tuesday in Donaghmede and a message posted online tells how he will be "sadly missed by his loving wife Karen" and their three young children.
Tributes have been posted online to the father this weekend with one friend writing: "Taken way too soon.
"My heart is broken for Karen Nicholson Stewart, and your 3 beautiful babies. May you be rewarded where ever you are now for all you did in your life for Karen and ur kids xxx"
Karen went through a lengthy battle with cancer and she described, in an interview with RSVP, how he was her rock through all of this.
The father started feeling unwell earlier this year and last May he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.
Karen has since been told that her own cancer is incurable.
She told the magazine last month: “If you have pain, go get it checked, if you have a lump get it checked.
“It might be nothing but could be something. Don’t leave it until it’s too late.
“If you have a pain, especially if you have it weeks, you should seek medical advice.”
The couple launched an online appeal to "make memories" and have fundraised over €36,000.