Millie's birthday tweet for Sir Paul

Millie Holmes has paid tribute to her late father, who would have turned 63 yesterday.

Broadcasting legend Sir Paul Holmes died aged 62 at his Hawke's Bay home, Mana Lodge in Poukawa, on February 1. He was surrounded by family after battling aggressive cancer and a failing heart.

Yesterday, his adopted daughter Millie posted a tribute on Twitter to her father on his birthday: "Happy birthday dad I miss and love you so much. I know you're always with me - watching over me.

"Your memory is a keepsake from which I'll never part. God may have you in his arms but I have you in my heart," she wrote.

The Haumoana-born, Karamu High School old boy was made a knight in the New Year's honours for his services to broadcasting and the community and it was at Mana Lodge where his investiture ceremony was held in January. The ceremony was attended by hundreds including family, friends and dignitaries. Among them were Millie, son Reuben, Prime Minister John Key, Labour leader David Shearer, former PM Jenny Shipley and the daughters of Erebus captain Jim Collins.

- additional reporting APNZ

- Hawkes Bay Today

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