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Week of 20th - 26th Apr 2020

20th April, 2020
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  • Gerallt Davies


    Paramedic, 51 Swansea

    Mr Davies was a paramedic at Cwmbwrla Station in Swansea, after joining the ambulance service in 1994.

    He was also national operations officer of St John Cymru Wales, a role for which he was awarded an MBE in 2019.

    He was the first member of the Welsh Ambulance Service to die from Covid-19. He died on 20 April.

  • Maria Nikiforuk


    My nan was in a care home which meant our family hadn't seen nan for around 8 weeks.

    She went into hospital on the Monday and passed away the Monday evening with no family with her. It makes me sad and something ill never get over,my nan will now rest with her beloved husband,rip nan ill always love you and im sorry 😥😥❤❤❤❤

    Maria came from Kettering and died in hospital on 20th April 2020

  • Marinel Hickman


    Loving daughter, sister, wife, mom, meme to her nephews and niece and memaw to her precious grandchildren.

    Marinel had worked in Smithville, GA as a Secretary.

    She died in hospital of coronavirus on 20th April, 2020 at the age of 67.


  • Charlie Goodwin


    Charlie lived in Bilsthorpe near Mansfield, with his wife of 26 years, Julie.

    Charlie leaves behind his family of Sarah, Catherine, Daniel & Connor (Grandson).

    Charlie was one of the NHS key workers who lost his life on 20th April in hospital to the Coronavirus.

    His favourite way to relax was watching Manchester City Matches, where he had been a loyal fan since childhood. He also loved singing on karaoke with Catherine

    Charlie loved his job helping others as an ambulance driver.

    Charlie was a boyhood Manchester City fan who was 61 years old, he was born on 17th September 1958 and worked as an ambulance driver for 20 years.


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

21st April, 2020
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  • Manjeet Singh Riyat


    A&E consultant, 52 Derby

    Manjeet Singh Riyah was the UK's first Sikh A&E consultant and was described as being "the father" of the emergency department at Royal Derby Hospital.

    "He was an incredibly charming person and well loved," said the trust's chief executive Gavin Boyle.

    The 52-year old-died at the hospital where he worked on 21 April.

  • Medhat Atalla


    Consultant Doncaster

    A consultant, who has been described as a "very special human being" and "a real NHS hero".

    Dr Atalla died following treatment at Doncaster Royal Infirmary (DRI), where he worked as a consultant geriatrician.

    Dr Atalla moved to Britain from Egypt about 20 years ago and his colleagues said he cared for elderly people on three continents, including across the North of England.

  • Ian Reynolds


    Paramedic, 53 London

    The father-of-two worked as a paradmedic for 32 years and since 2012 had been a member of Crystal Palace Football Club's pitch-side medical team.

    Dr Amir Pakravan said: “As a person, he was the best friend you could wish for, always smiling, calm and easy-going.”

    His union Unison said Mr Reynolds was "wise, experienced and popular" with all his London Ambulance Service colleagues.

  • Katy Davis


    Nurse, 37 Southampton

    Katy Davis, 37, died within three days of her twin sister, Emma, having both tested positive for Covid-19.

    The children's nurse died at Southampton General Hospital on 21 April.

    Their sister, Zoe, said: "They always said they had come into the world together and would go out together as well. There are no words to describe how special they were."

  • Paul CLark


    Paul was born in New Zealand a country he loved until the end. A loving father and husband who touched so many lives. He was a kind and gentle man.

    Paul leaves beehind his partner Elisabeth and children Brendan and Kieran. Paul lost his fight to Corona virus in hospital on 21st April 2020

  • Jeffrey Bush


    Jeffrey was larger than life with a huge heart. He was always the first to help anyone in need. Deeply missies and loved by his Gillie, Nicki and Jeremy and grandchildren x

    Jeffrey comes from Bushey and had worked as a Minicab Driver. His favourite song was 'Never walk alone '

    Fun fact he was one of those rare individuals that could wiggle his ears.

    Jeffrey died on 21st April, 2020 in Hospital from the coronavirus at the age of 73.

  • Vera Docherty


    Our mum battled Vascular Dementia for 6 years, but was taken by Covid-19.
    A great wife, mother & sister to our family, who will be greatly missed and loved by all.
    Vera was born in Sheffield, and lived also in Glasgow. But eventually settled back in Deeper, Sheffield. After the passing of her first husband Alex, with whom she had 3 children with. Caroline, Richard and Stuart.
    Vera re-married Kevin, and spent the rest her life with him. Kevin supported our mum everyday whilst she was in a care home.
    We fondly remember the parties we had, and our mum's sangria that was made.

    Forever loved and missed.
    RIP x

    Vera lost her fight with Coronavirus & Dementia in her carehome on 21st April 2020 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. 

22nd April, 2020
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  • Mahadaye Jagroop


    Nurse, 66 Birmingham

    Known as Mary, Ms Jagroop worked at Heartlands Hospital in Birmingham, where she died after contracting Covid-19 on April 22.

    "Mary was a respected and loved member of our team and touched the lives of many in her distinguished career as a nurse," said Lisa Stalley-Green, chief nurse at University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust.

  • Patrick Joseph Redmond


    Patrick was a proud, honest hardworking man who always championed the underdog. He was respected and his wise counsel was often sought. A lifelong member of the Labour Party he maintained an active interest in politics and world affairs. We miss him so much.

    Patrick was 88 years of age and lived in Birmingham. He lost his fight against the Coronavirus in a hospice on 22nd April 2020. Patrick leaves behind his partner Peggy as well as Den, Jan and Peter.

    Patrick loved TV shows like 'Dads Army' and enjoyed whiling away the hours with his newspaper and a beer. Those that knew him will remember his calls of 'Don't forget my paper!'


  • Alex Lang


    Alex was a simple family man who knew what mattered most in life. He lived for his family holidays, spending time with his wife, son and daughter and nights out with his closest and lifelong friends.

    He loved nothing more than to make people laugh with his quick witted sense of humour.

    Alex was committed and hardworking. He worked right until the very end and worked hard everyday of his life for his family. He was due to retire next year.

    He loved the game of football both playing as well as taking his son to support their favourite team every weekend.

    Alex was an entertainer and completely opened up around children as he was always full of fun and would do anything to make us all laugh. He was an amazing dad and everyone’s favourite uncle. He was due to be a Grandfather for the first time this year and was so excited about meeting his Grandson. We all know in our hearts that he would have made the most wonderful Papa.

    Alex was our protector and we always felt safe when he was around. Alex was healthy before this cruel virus struck but he fought so hard to come home to his family. His Grandson will know what an amazingly strong, brave and loving man his Papa Alex was.

    Alex will be remembered by all the people he knew in his life. He was important to so many of us and he will continue to be loved every single day. He will continue to make us smile and laugh with the memories he has left us with.

    We love you x

    Alex leaves behind his Wife - Ann Lang, Daughter - Lauren Lang & Son - Sam Lang.

    Alex lived in Glasgow and lost his fight against coronavirus on 22nd April 2020 in hospital at the age of 65.


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

23rd April, 2020
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  • Emelita Hurboda


    Mother-of-three Emelita Hurboda has been described as a “dedicated nurse” by her daughters.

    Mrs Hurboda, 62, originally from the Philippines, "spent her life caring for others", her family said.

    Her daughter Michelle said: “Our mum is a dedicated nurse who spent her life caring for others.

    “She was a strong woman with a kind heart who always put her loved ones first.

    “The doctors and nurses have given us the opportunity to see her one last time and say our goodbyes. We stayed by her side until she passed away.”

    Mrs Hurboda worked in Nottingham and was formerly a paediatric nurse in Saudi Arabia.

  • Antony Fairclough


    My brother was a very nice and good man never did anything wrong .He went in hospital to remove his leg while in got covid 19 so sad.

    Antony leaves behind his sisters & brother who amongst other things remember him for his catchphrase of 'Whats happed ?'

    Antony came from Leyland Lancashire where he was enjoying his retirement before sucumbing to the coronavirus at 67 years old on 23rd April, 2020 in Hospital.


  • David Anthony Taylor


    Dave was a wonderful man and was a gift to those lucky enough to of had him in their lives. Some people live 100 years and don’t live a minute Daves life was cut short at 55 but he lived every minute of them years gifting his family and friends with memories to last to eternity. He will live on in his 3 mini me sons Keith Jay and Ben and in the hearts of his loving wife sue daughter in laws kayleigh Steph and Colette and his grandson Owen. We will love him forever and always 💕

    Dave had the best sense of humour he loved his family so much. He had just got his dream job and he was so so happy. He was loved so much by his family and friends xx

    David worked as a Railway safety manager in Liverpool. he leaves behind his wife Sue, 3 sons 3 daughter in laws and a grandson.

    David lost his fight against coronavirus on 23rd April 2020 at the age of 55 in his own home

  • Lisa Jane Goldstraw


    Devoted mother, grandmother, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. Cared for her 22 year old daughter and 19 year old disabled son. Suffered from Agoraphobia and hadn’t left her home in nearly 2 years. Her last comment before being ventilated was to check that her son was ok. Always Loved, Always Missed, Will always be Remembered. xxx

    Lisa who came from Keele in Staffordshire was a full time carer and leaves behind her Dughter, Son, Grand sons, Mum, Dad, Sister, Nieces & Nephew.

    Lisa's favourite song was 'Over The Rainbow by Eva Cassidy' Her catchphrase was 'Burn the Witch' and she used to love Ghost Hunting.

    Lisa lost her fight against coronavirus on 23rd April, 2020 in hospital at the age of 46.


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

24th April, 2020
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  • Larni Zuniga


    Care home nurse Larni Zuniga fought for his life alongside Boris Johnson in intensive care at London's St Thomas' Hospital.

    Mr Zuniga, 54, from the Philippines, worked at a care home in Bagshot, Surrey, and died after a three-week fight in the same intensive therapy unit as the Prime Minister, his family confirmed.

    The health worker had worked in the UK for 12 years, according to reports.

    Mr Zuniga's cousin, who is also a nurse, said: "Larni was a true professional, who touched the lives of many.

    "He made a tremendous difference to a lot of people's lives and he was highly respected by patients and colleagues alike."

  • Adekunle Enitan


    Nurse Adekunle Enitan, 55, died in the intensive care unit at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford, Kent, where he had worked for the past five years.

    The father-of-two - who had recently completed a PhD in hospital management - was cared for by the team he had worked alongside as a nurse.

    The hospital announced that there will be a permanent memorial to remember Mr Enitan which will be arranged with his family and colleagues.

    His wife Temitayo, son Martin and daughter, Divine, paid tribute to him, saying: “Adekunle was a great father and husband who cared deeply for us as well as others around him.

  • James Pigg


    James was a retired miner who lived in Campsall, Doncaster in South Yorkshire. He leaves behind his son and daughter. James's favourite song was 'You will never walk alone'

    James lost his fight against the coronavirus in hosptial on 24th April, 2020 at the age of 82.


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

25th April, 2020
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  • Jodon Gait


    Jodon Gait was described as a "dedicated, passionate, caring" healthcare assistant known for his sense of humour after he died of coronavirus.

    Mr Gait, 46, worked in care homes for 15 years before joining the Medical Short Stay unit at Worcestershire Royal Hospital a year ago.

    Matthew Hopkins, chief executive of Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said he was a "much-loved member of our nursing team".

    "Colleagues who worked most closely with him describe Jodon as a dedicated, passionate, caring colleague; a quirky character who always put patients at the centre of everything he did, delivering fantastic quality of care to his patients and who had a great sense of humour who will be massively missed by all of the team," he said.

    Mr Gait, who had been self-isolating at home after developing symptoms of the virus, died on Saturday.

  • Jean Tofts


    Jean had a long life and for it to end like this is devastating. She deserved to leave this earth with people who loved her by her side holding her hand.
    RIP XX

    Jean, lived in Hertfordshire, had worked as a shop assistant before retiring.

    She died aged 91 years old from Coronavirus on 24th April 2020 in her care home.

    Jean leaves behind her family of Jack, Angela , Peter & Sue .


  • Elizabeth (Lil) Newsome


    A very much loved and missed Mum, Mum in Law Grandma and Big Grandma.
    Mum was totally blind and thrived on human contact which she just didn't get in her last month or so of life due to home and hospital lockdown.

    Elizabeth lived in Southport and leaves behind her daughters, sons in law grand & great grandchildren.

    Her favourite saying was "As the Head of this family...." Fun fact she Danced with Anton du Beke in 2014.

    Elizabeth lost her fight with coronavirus at the age of 91 in hospital on 25th April, 2020.


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

26th April, 2020
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  • Eileen Landers


    Tributes have been paid to a hospital cleaner with a "heart of gold" after she died from coronavirus.

    Eileen Landers died at the place where she had worked for the past 16 years, Queen's Hospital in Burton-upon-Trent, on Sunday.

    Ms Landers' sister, Margaret Landers, said her sibling grew up in Tipperary in Ireland and moved to England in her early 20s where she worked for the NHS.

    "Eileen had a heart of gold and was the most generous person. We will all miss her greatly,” her sister said.

  • Fiona Anderson


    A nurse who died after contracting Covid-19 was "doing what she loved, working for the NHS and caring for those in need", her family has said.

    Fiona Anderson loved her job as a community staff nurse at Grindon Lane Primary Care Centre, in Sunderland, and "devoted her life to helping others", her colleagues have said.

    Ms Anderson died on Sunday after testing positive for coronavirus.

    Her sister Sarah Anderson said: "We are incredibly proud of Fiona.

  • Mary Alice Wilson


    = Nobody thought we'd be apart for long. A tearful Goodbye in the Care Home in March then a peaceful death in April...but no contact in between. No hands to hold. No last look. Final but unbelievable.

    Mary came from Cleator Moor in Cumbria where she was retired.

    Mary died on 26th April, 2020 in her care home from Coronavirus at the age of 91.

    She leaves behind her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.

    Her favourite saying was 'Beam me up Sooty....'


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