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Week of 16th - 22nd March, 2020

16th March, 2020
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  • Craig Rushton

    RIP

    The father-of-two, from Kettering, died on 16 March, six days after becoming ill with a chest infection that was later confirmed to be covid-19.

    He was at the time the youngest person in the UK to die of coronavirus, and was also fighting motor neurone disease since 2018.

    Sally, the wife of the 45-year-old footwear designer, said that his "fight with MND was not ready to be over", despite doctors giving him two years to live. "Craig was not ready to go," she said.

  • James Francis Reilly

    RIP

    Dad was admitted to hospital for emergency operation unrelated to Covid 19 and discharged a few days later.
    Was then re-admitted a few days later with covid 19 contracted during previous admission. Dad was cruelly taken from us unexpectedly a day later.
    Mom and dad had been self -isolating since early March being extra careful which makes this so much harder to bear. Mom then took ill and also had all the symptoms after being in contact with dad when he was discharged, she has now fully recovered thankfully.
    Heartache for funeral as not all grandchildren and last surviving Sister unable to attend due to numbers permitted.

    James was a retired driving instructor & bus driver whop lived in Birmingham, but previously came from County Meath Ireland.

    James leaves behind his wife Betty as well as children, grandchildren & agreat grandson.

    His favourite song was Simply the Best, Wind beneath my wings, he was also well know for saying 'Leave em to it!'

    James lost his fight with coronavirus on 16th April, 2020 at the age of 85 in hospital.

May those that lost a loved one on this day all hold each of the above souls and their families in thier hearts. 

17th March, 2020
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  • Leonard Gibson

    RIP

    The grandfather from Oughtibridge near Sheffield died at the Northern General Hospital on 17 March.

    The 78-year old had been suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and had recently finished a course of antibiotics.

    His daughters said: “Even though they were probably very busy, every member of staff took time to talk to us in detail but more importantly they made sure dad knew each time that we had phoned and that we had said we loved him.”

  • Doreen Hunt

    RIP

    The great grandmother died on Mother's Day at Luton and Dunstable Hospital after contracting coronavirus.

    Mrs Hunt, who had underlying health conditions, had been self-isolating before showing symptoms of covid-19 on March 17.

    Within 24 hours she was placed in intensive care but later died.

    Mrs Hunt was married to John Hunt, a former South Beds District Councillor, and ran an insurance assessment business in Dunstable with him for many years.

    She left behind her three children, eight grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

    Her son Stephen Hunt, 51, from Kings Langley, said: "She was born into extreme poverty and had a tough upbringing."

    "But she became a successful businesswoman and was a wonderful mother, grandmother and great grandmother."

    "I would describe her as a contrary angel- we rarely agreed on anything but she gave me contrariness and showed me how to be independent of mind."

May those that lost a loved one on this day all hold each of the above souls and their families in thier hearts. 

18th March, 2020
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May those that lost a loved one on this day all hold each of the above souls and their families in thier hearts. 

19th March, 2020
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  • Chloe middleton

    RIP

    Ms Middleton, from High Wycombe was taken to Wexham Park Hospital in Slough, where she died on March 19.

    The coroner’s service said Ms Middleton’s death certificate confirmed her death was from Covid-19.

    Her aunt, Emily Mistry, said that her niece "had no underlying health conditions".

May those that lost a loved one on this day all hold each of the above souls and their families in thier hearts. 

20th March, 2020
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  • Marita Edwards

    RIP

    Ms Edwards was the first victim of coronavirus who is thought to have died after contracting it in hospital.

    The retired cleaner and keen golfer was admitted to Royal Gwent hospital in Newport for a routine gallbladder operation on 28 February.

    Almost three weeks later she tested positive for Covid-19, and died on 20 March after her family were initially told she had pneumonia.

May those that lost a loved one on this day all hold each of the above souls and their families in thier hearts. 

21st March 2020
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  • Hassan Milani

    RIP

    Councillor Ali Milani, the Labour parliamentary candidate who opposed Boris Johnson in Uxbridge and South Ruislip in the 2019 general election, said his father died after being diagnosed with coronavirus.

    He tweeted on March 21: "In the early hours of this morning, my father tragically passed away having contracted covid-19."

    "Please keep him in your prayers. This virus is taking millions across the world. Please isolate and listen to medical advice," he added.

May those that lost a loved one on this day all hold each of the above souls and their families in thier hearts. 

22nd March 2020
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  • Edwin Hillier

    RIP

    The 84-year-old became the first British prisoner to die after contracting coronavirus.
    The former school caretaker, from Hemel Hempstead, reportedly had health issues and died in hospital on March 22.

    A HM Prison Service spokesperson said: "Our thoughts are with his family at this time."

  • Michael Gerard

    22/03/2020

    Michael Gerard passed away on 22 March after being diagnosed with coronavirus just four days before his death.

    He was admitted to hospital on 16 March after suffering from a chesty cough and a high fever for around a week.

    Speaking at her mother's home in Leicester, Sushila Moles, Mr Gerard's daughter, said: "He genuinely took delight in everything that I did and loved me unquestionably. He is one of a kind and will be greatly missed."

    She said that her father, who loved music and played multiple instruments, had been "unwell for 20 years", suffering with health problems including Crohn's disease, glaucoma and autoimmune diseases.

May those that lost a loved one on this day all hold each of the above souls and their families in thier hearts.