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30th March, 2020
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  • Rex Johnson


    The architect from Tonbridge died on Monday, March 30 at Tunbridge Wells Hospital after contracting coronavirus.

    The 91-year-old had carried out his national service as a member of the Navy, learning Morse code as a radio operator.

    He would later make a major career change and become an architect.

    As a partner in Ronald Wald and Partners, he travelled the world numerous times looking for inspiration.
    His son Mike said: “He went into hospital on the Wednesday and he died on the Monday.

    “He hadn’t been feeling well for probably about a week before that. He was tired and slept a lot, lost his appetite and didn’t want to eat.

    "He had a very full life indeed. He had a great sense of humour and always an interesting anecdote around the table - what a character.

    “I last saw him a couple of weeks ago when he was returning after a banquet with Mark, my brother in York.

    “We both spent a great evening with him and enjoyed the day with the Red Arrows at RAF Scampton, so busy all the way to the end.”

  • Desmond (Des) Francis O'Neill


    Des was a fabulous man with a wonderful cheeky sense of humour. He was also a very caring person, both as a younger man working with troubled youths and later as a Probation Officer.

    Des, who lived in Grays in Essex leaves behind his partner Lorraine Kloos, brothers Kevin, Mick & Michael along with his sister Karen.

    Des was a big fan of action movies especially anything with Sylvester Stallone or John Wayne. His catchphrase was "Honey, I'm home!"

    Des died in hospital of Coronavirus on 30th March 2020 at 54 years of age.


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

31st March, 2020
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  • Alfa Sa'adu


    Medical director, 68 Welwyn Garden City

    "Living legend" Dr Alfa Saadu, who had returned to work after retirement, died in hospital on 31 March.

    His family said he had been working part-time at the Queen Victoria Memorial Hospital in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, before contracting the virus.

    His son said the family told him to go to hospital, but his father insisted he "did not want to take up a hospital bed because others would need it".

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

1st April, 2020
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  • Carol Jamabo


    Family members of care worker Carol Jamabo who died from suspected coronavirus paid tribute to an “amazing aunt”.

    Mother-of-two, Ms Jamabo, 56, is believed to be the first care worker to be identified publicly after succumbing with the virus.

    She worked as a carer in the community for Cherish Elderly Care in Bury, Greater Manchester but fell ill around a week before her death last Wednesday, her family said.

    A devout Christian, Ms Jamabo served the public as a key worker for over 25 years, after moving to the UK from Nigeria in the early 1990s.

    She previously worked in both the prison service and as an NHS ad

  • Albert William Robertson aka Scott


    Greatly missed. Taken far too soon. We will always think of you everyday. A lovely, kind dad, husband, grandad and father in law. RIP xxxx

    Albert came from Waltham, Grimsby and left behind his partner Pat and family of Debbie, Lewis, Yasmin and Tony.

    Albert loved Loved his horse racing and was a passionate Newcastle United Fan.

    Albert lost his fight against the coronavirus om 1st April, 2020 at the age of 80 when he died in hospitaL.

  • Doris Francis


    Doris was one of the kindest women you’d ever meet. A lover of life God and people there was nothing she wouldn’t do for anyone. Wife Mother Foster Carer so many children’s lives changed for the better from being in her care. She loved the gym even though she was 80 Doris more than kept up with her younger counterparts. She loved to sing and dance especially if it was Gospel. She loved going to Church and was a volunteer for well over 20 years. Gone too soon but will be remembered by every person she came in contact with. RIP Doris you were loved and adored by so many. Life with you not around now will never be the same.

    Doris, who came from Coventry, died on 1st April in hospital from the coronavirus at the age of 80.


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

2nd April, 2020
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  • Eddie Large


    Best known for his comedy double act Little and Large, Eddie Large died on 2 April after contracting coronavirus in hospital while being treated for heart failure, his agent and family said.

    His comedy partner Syd Little led the tributes, saying in a statement sent to Sky News: "I am devastated to have lost not just my comedy partner of 60 years, but my friend of 60 years."

    Real name Edward McGinnis, Large achieved huge success with Little on TV throughout the 1970s and '80s, after the pair won talent show Opportunity Knocks in 1971.

    Comedians including Matt Lucas, Jason Manford, Michael Barrymore, Lenny Henry and Paul Chuckle were among those paying tribute following his death, at the age of 78.

  • Lynsay Coventry


    Midwife, 54 Harlow

    The grandmother "followed her dream" and trained as a midwife in later life, her family said in a statement.

    "She was a very well-respected midwife who supported many hundreds of women as they welcomed their babies into the world," they added.

    Ms Coventry had worked at the Princess Alexandra Hospital, in Harlow, Essex, for 10 years. She died on 2 April.

  • Sami Shousha


    Histopathologist, 79 London

    Prof Shousha was an honorary professor of histopathology at Imperial College, London.

    He had worked at UK cancer research laboratories at London's Hammersmith and Charing Cross hospitals since 1978. He died on 2 April.

  • Areema Nasreen


    Nurse, 36 Walsall

    Ms Nasreen worked as a hospital cleaner before gaining her nursing qualification in 2019.

    She died on 2 April at Walsall Manor Hospital, in the West Midlands - the hospital she had worked at for 16 years.

    "We've lost an amazing nurse, but we've lost also an amazing person in life," her sister Kazeema Nasreen said.

  • Jean Bubs O’Herlihy


    An Angel, 56 Barry

    Bubs was blessed with bringing joy and sociability
    wherever she went, known as a beautiful tender person.
    throughout Barry, Wales and Bantry Ireland.
    Bubs was so kind-hearted giving support to the
    community who would benefit together with
    mutual aid fellowship organisations and charities.
    Bubs was taken so quickly, a huge loss to her
    family her partner and so many.

    Jean died in Hospital on 2nd April 2020
    Occupation: Homemaker

    Lived in Barry
    Partner left Behind: Arthur O’Leary
    Family left behind: Ryan and Teri-Ann Prosser, son & daughter
    Favourite Movie/TV: Emmerdale
    Favourite Song: I Wanna Be Like You
    Fun Fact: scratching her back on a door frame

  • David John Burleigh


    David was not only my husband but he was also my best friend, gentle , kind , caring , loving and funny , a real gentleman loved by all ...

    David worked as a Pharmaceutical processor and lived in Childwall , Liverpool.

    David died on 2nd April 2020 in hospital from Coronavirus at the age of 69 years.

    He leaves behind his wife Frances Burleigh along with 4 children and 8 granchildren.

    David loved watching Boxing, was known as a joker and often used his catch phrase 'chill'


  • Brenda Harris


    Brenda was the best Mum, Nan, Great Nanny there was. She was gentle, funny and kind hearted. She was struggling with Dementia just before she died but could still make us all laugh. We all miss her every single day and always will. She is now finally back with her Husband John the love of her life 💙❤️

    Brenda lost her fight against the coronavirus on 2nd April, 2020 in a hospital at the age of 83.


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

3rd April, 2020
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  • Liz Glanister


    Nurse, 68 Liverpool

    Ms Glanister was a "long-serving" nurse at the Aintree University Hospital, in Liverpool.

    "We are so proud to see just how many people's lives Liz has touched," her family said in a statement.

    Ms Glanister died on 3 April at Royal Liverpool University Hospital.

  • Amanda Forde


    Receptionist London

    In a statement on its website, Vale Practice in Crouch End, north London, paid tribute to a "beautiful, caring receptionist".

    It said: "It is with great sadness that we are announcing the death of our beautiful, caring receptionist, Amanda Forde. She sadly lost her battle with Covid-19 on Friday 3rd April 2020. May she rest in peace."

  • Roger Smith


    Roger our fabulous dad, grandad, brother, cousin and friend to many people around the world.
    He was a retired scientist and a singer in many bands over the years since the 60’s til his last gig on 12th March.

    Music was his passion and he loved to sing. It brought him happiness and to those who watched, danced and sang along with him. He was a man with a very big heart and made everyone around him smile.

    We miss you and you are in our thoughts everyday .

    Roger came from Cambridge where he worked as an Entertainer and bringer of Joy!

    Funfact he always wore a hat with a black ribbon on stage. Roger leaves behind his daughter, son & 3 Grandchildren.

    Roger lost his fight with coronavirus on 3rd April, 2020 in hospital at the age of 75.


  • Roger Smith


    Roger loved to sing and entertain. Wonderful dad and grandad friend to many. We miss you and love you always. Forever in our hearts.

    Roger, who came from Cambridge, was a Retired Scientist and Singer in Blues, Rock bands. His catchphrase was 'Happy Dayz '

    Roger lost his fight against the coronavirus on 3rd April 2020 at the age of 75 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. 

4th April, 2020
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  • Anton Sebastianpillai


    Consultant, 75 London

    A published historian, Dr Sebastianpillai trained at a medical school in Sri Lanka and went on to specialise in treating elderly people at Kingston Hospital in south-west London.

    He was "hugely respected as a consultant and author", Ed Davey, acting Lib Dem leader, said.

    Dr Sebastianpillai, who was in his 70s, died on 4 April.

  • Glen Corbin


    Healthcare assistant, 59 London

    A healthcare assistant, Mr Corbin worked at the Park Royal Centre for Mental Health, in north-west London, for more than 25 years.

    "He was the 'go to' person who knew everything about the ward and how to get things done," said Claire Murdoch, head of the local NHS trust, adding he was the "backbone" of his team.

    Mr Corbin died on 4 April.

  • Jay Benedict


    Actor Jay Benedict appeared in a range of films and TV shows, from Aliens and The Dark Knight Rises to Emmerdale and Foyle's War, throughout his career.

    As well as acting, he also lent his voice to video games and TV adverts - plus lifts, theatre foyers and other public spaces.

    "The irritatingly soothing voice requesting that you take your seat and switch off your mobile phone is quite probably him," a tribute to him on his website said.

    He died on 4 April due to complications from coronavirus, aged 68.

  • John Kinghorn


    John served in the Seaforth Highlanders during WW2 seeing action in France, Holland and Germany. His later career was working for BT as an engineer.

    John who came from Trowbridge leaves behind his son. His famous catchphrase was 'Lang may yer lum reek wi otherv folks coal'

    John lost his fight against the coronavirus in a Carehome on 4th April, 2020 at the age of 93 years.


  • Robert Albert Poulton


    Robert came from Harrow, Middlesex where he was living out his retirement. He leaves behind his Daughter, Son & Twin Sister who are all devastated by their loss.

    His twin sister informs us: “My niece and nephew are finding it extremely hard to cope with their dad’s death. As Robert’s twin sister, I am devastated that I cannot be there especially to support my niece, who has had to deal with this on her own”

    Robert died of Coronavirus in hospital on 4th April, 2020 at the age of 74 years old


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

5th April, 2020
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  • Rebecca Mack


    Rebecca Mack from Morpeth in Northumberland passed away at home on Sunday and her family said she had no underlying health problems.

    Ms Mack recently started working for NHS 111, but was previously a children's cancer nurse and parents of those she once cared for paid tribute to the 29-year-old.

    Aman Sengal, whose daughter was cared for by Ms Mack in the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle, said she was a “selfless person”.

    “A life taken far too soon and that of a selfless person dedicated to others. RIP Becca,” he wrote on social media.

  • Hugh McLoughlin


    My dad was full of funny stories, would have done anything for anyone in the community. He was a man of faith and one of the difficult things about this virus is that it robbed him of the final sacrament and the Irish wake he would've wanted. He had been very worried about his eldest daughter who is a nurse in the hospital where he died, but never about himself. He forever had his nose in a book. We will remember all the good times, the family holidays in Northumberland well, that is what will get us through.
    Hugh workwed as a Science teacher and lived in Bellshill
    He leaves behind his wife Nancy as well as Maggie, Neal, Suzi, Billy Joe.

    Hugh lost the fight agasinst Coronavirus on 5th April 2020 in hospital at the age of 67.

  • Patrick McNamee


    Devoted father to two daughters, easy-going, kind, funny, affectionate. Huge fan of University of Michigan football and basketball, WWII buff, Beatles fan. Played basketball. Involved in politics and a solid Democrat.

    Patrick worked as a Diary Manager at Kroger, he leaves behind his Ex-wife and mother of his daughters, girlfriend. 2 daughters, mother, brother, aunts, uncles.

    HIs favourite movie was Lord of the Rings.

    Patrick lost his fight against coronavirus on 5th April 2020 at the age of 46 in hospital.


  • Stephen George Cordes


    Stephen was a A LOVING AND CARING MAN who had worked as a Tool Maker before his retirement.

    He leaves behind his partner Patricia Page as well as Jayne, Joanne & five grand children. His favourite movie was the Pink Panther & his catchphrase was 'Hello Again'

    Stephen lost his fight with coronavirus on 5th April, 2020at the age of 71 in hospital.


  • Harry Dowdall


    Uncle Harry was an exceptionally popular person. A true Irish gentleman. He was quickly able to build a rapport with everyone he met and went out of his way to help others. It was important to him that the people he knew were okay and if they weren't, he would go out of his way to help. It's no surprising that his passing has left a mark on so many people. Harry will be fondly remembered by his partner Anne, all of his family and his many, many friends. He is sorely missed. Although he is no longer physically present with us, he is a legend and legends never die. Rest in Peace Uncle Harry

    Harry came from Islington in London and leaves behind his partner Anne.

    Harry died on 5th April 2020 of Coronavirus in hospital at the age of 78.


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