'I was blessed to share a lifetime of experiences with him and honoured to be by his side when he took his last breath.
'As usual you did it in style dad, quietly slipping away as we listened to Don McLean just like all of those nights around your dining room table drinking red wine and reading poetry.
'You gently guided me through life and was always there when I fell and always there to sing my praises .
'You have been my best friend and confidante. We have had so many adventures and I will always be grateful you got to share your love and wisdom with my children and grandchildren.'
Melissa continued: 'There is a hole in our hearts that will never be filled but I promise I will do my best to make you proud . Rest In Peace my beautiful father.'
Melissa starred on season five of Married At First Sight.