Michelle Dockery: "Downton Abbey" Star Delivers Emotional Tribute at Fiance's Funeral

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Michelle Dockery of Downton Abbey fame is mourning the passing of her fiance, John Dineen. Dineen passed away on Sunday at the age of 34. He was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer earlier in 2015. His death came just two days before Dockery's 34th birthday and four days ahead of what would have been his 35th.

Just three days after his untimely death, Michelle Dockery delivered an emotional tribute at her fiance's funeral in Cork, Ireland.

"Whether in his work or his personal life John was extremely loyal," she said Wednesday at St. James' Church in Ballinora. "It was clear that when John was in your corner he was there. I was honored to know John. To love him and be loved by him. He was my friend, my king, my hero, my everything. We celebrate him, we honor him and we will miss him."

"John's charm was legendary. He could persuade anyone to do what he wanted in the least pushy way possible. Particularly the women," Michelle Dockery continued. "He had a presence that was electric when he came in to the room. He had a wicked sense of humor. He had a genuine interest in other people."

Michelle Dockery and John Dineen were introduced by her Downton Abbey costar Allen Leach back in 2013. They got engaged earlier this year.

In addition to speaking at his funeral, Michelle Dockery also sang her late fiance's favorite song, "The Folks Who Live On the Hill."

A private cremation service was held following the funeral mass.

It no doubt took an immense amount of strength and love for Michelle Dockery to both speak and sing as she laid her beloved fiance to rest.

Kimberly Ripley
Kimberly Ripley is a freelance writer and published author from Portsmouth, New Hampshire. A wife, mom of five and 'Nana' to Lilly and Aiden, she loves cooking for her big family and watching HGTV in her spare time. Kim is guilty of starting way more home design projects than she can finish. Visit her at Twitter and Facebook.