During the election coverage I saw Mr Dawson on TV for the first time and thought he was a very able speaker, not the usual snarling that one used to associate with the DUP.
According to reports along the political grape vine Mr Dawson was in line to be a Minister.
I never knew the man and I didn't agree with his politics however he was someone's father, husband and son.
There is a human element in politics that sometimes we loose sight of in the bear pit that is politics in the North.
A man behind the party and a father and husband behind the rhetoric
This man will be sadly missed by his wife and family. It is with them that I place my thoughts.