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Touching tribute to Morning Star’s ‘beating heart’

Friends and family fly in from the Caribbean and the US to join mourners paying tribute to lifelong Arsenal supporter and union rep who died suddenly, aged 58

23 February, 2018 — By Angela Cobbinah

Dawn Power, ‘an unforgettable personality’

IT was standing room only at Holly Park Methodist Church in Crouch Hill last week as mourners said their final farewells to Dawn Power following her sudden death last month aged 58.

Among those present were members of her huge extended family, many of whom had flown from the Caribbean and the US, former school friends and staff of the Morning Star, where Dawn worked as an administrator and receptionist.

Campaigns manager Calvin Tucker told the congregation in a touching tribute that she was the newspaper’s “beating heart”. He added: “Dawn’s empty chair at reception is a poignant and daily reminder of the friend we have lost. Our world has been enriched by her smile, her laughter and unforgettable personality.”

Born in St Vincent in 1960, Dawn Miranda Cardine Power grew up in Corbyn Street, Finsbury Park, with parents Rhona and Clyde and three siblings, Pauline, Louise and Bertram. She attended Montem Primary and the former Shelburne High School in Hornsey Road.

Quick-witted and diligent, but also easy-going and warm, she became a valued member of staff at a number of organisations, among them Islington Council and the Musicians Union, before joining the Morning Star seven years ago.

In 1994, Dawn’s life changed forever following a chance encounter with the person she would go on to describe as her soulmate.

“I was leafleting for a music event I was organising in Camden when she walked by looking her usual stunning self,” recalled partner Nick Turner after the service. “We got to talk­ing and both felt this instant connection. It really was love at first sight. We met up and stayed together for 24 years.”

The couple lived in Mildmay Grove, sharing a number of interests, including football. “Dawn was a lifelong Arsenal supporter and I was a Tottenham fan, but fortunately we had a neutrality pact,” Nick said.

A woman with a strong sense of social justice, Dawn was politically active and served as union rep for Unite at the Morning Star. She worked with a picture of Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn behind her desk.

On January 26, the newspaper announced to readers that Dawn had died at the Royal London Hospital, in Whitechapel, after suddenly collapsing at work two days earlier with a brain haemorrhage.

“She had so much ahead of her and had been due to take over as subscriptions manager, as well as write a column for the paper,” said Nick. “It has all been such a huge shock.”

After her burial alongside her father at East Finchley Cemetery, a wake was held at the West Indian Cultural Centre in Hornsey.

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