Loved and Lost: Greater Manchester remembers the people we've lost to coronavirus

Coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people in Greater Manchester. As the death toll rises, it is important that we remember the human beings behind the figures. The brothers, sisters, sons and daughters whose lives have been tragically cut short.

At the Manchester Evening News, we have vowed to pay tribute to every person we can in our region. From the former wrestler who represented Team GB in the Commonwealth Games, to the security guard with a passion for Manchester United. We want to remember people’s stories.

We asked people to get in touch to pay tribute to their loved ones who died before their time. And lots of people have been in touch. Here are a few of the people in our region who have died after contracting Covid-19.

If you have a loved one that you want to pay tribute to – fill the form in here.

Stanley Gilligan

Stanley Gilligan

Stanley was born in Salford, but lived in Fallowfield. The 91-year-old died at Manchester Royal Infirmary on April 9. He was married to Ellen and had four children – Pat, Joe, Chris and Paula.

He had four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. His family said he was a keen swimmer into his eighties, and was a member of the YMCA. In 1966, he represented Great Britain in the wrestling at the Commonwealth Games held in Jamaica.

Paying tribute, his family said: “He was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He will be deeply and sadly missed.”

Dorothy Olive Manning

Dorothy Olive Manning

Dorothy, 89, from Wilmslow was the late wife of George, mother to Roger and Paul. She was grandma to Katie, Daniel, Joshua and Tia and Great-Grandma to Jorja-Mae and Olivia-Rose.

She died at Eden Mansions nursing home on April 10. From growing up in Hulme, Dorothy moved to Handforth with her husband George. They both worked at the Royal School for the Deaf.

For the last seven years, Dorothy lived in Eden Mansions as she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. She passed away peacefully from Alzheimer’s and COVID-19. Paying tribute, granddaughter Katie Manning said: “I am so heartbroken to have lost my grandma to COVID 19.

“I love you more than words can ever say. You’re my special grandma, until we meet again, good night, rest in peace love you with all my heart.” If you have a loved one that you want to pay tribute to – fill the form in here.

Colin Booth

Loved and Lost: Greater Manchester remembers the people we've lost to coronavirusColin Booth

Colin was a ‘hardworking man’ from Wythenshawe.

He had just got a new job and was looking forward to receiving his start date. The 74-year-old loved baking and loved his family ‘very, very much’. He died on April 16 at Wythenshawe Hospital.

His family is made up of wife Elaine, daughter Karen and son-in-law Neil, son – Darren and daughter-in-law Melanie. He also had grandchildren – Aimee-lee, Sam, Thomas, Charlie, Lyla, Molly, Luna.
Paying tribute, his loved ones said: “Nothing more sums him up than ‘hero’. “He would answer the phone to us and say ‘Booths Taxis’.

Colin we miss you dearly our lives will never be the same again.” If you have a loved one that you want to pay tribute to – fill the form in here.

David Harrison

Loved and Lost: Greater Manchester remembers the people we've lost to coronavirusDavid Harrison

David from Wilmslow, was a truck driver for many years who loved his life on the road. The 79-year-old had a huge passion for motorbikes – he travelled to Europe a few times and loved visiting Africa.

He had children – Roz, Graham and Julie, grandchildren – Stefan, Tiffany, Jake, Molly, Callum and Leah, and great-grandchildren – Freddie and Fearne. His granddaughter Tiffany said: “Losing you to Covid-19 was never in the plan. “After living with Alzheimer’s for four years, this doesn’t seem fair.

“You’re loved and we will give you the best send off when allowed. Until we meet again. Love you always.”

He passed away in the home that cared for him on April 4.

Joyce Harrison

Loved and Lost: Greater Manchester remembers the people we've lost to coronavirusJoyce Harrison

Joyce, from Flixton, was daughter to mum Annie and her much loved father Albert. She remained single, devoting her life to caring for her mother and supporting them following her father’s early death. She survived her sister Mildred who married a GI during the war and made a life over in the US – giving Joyce four wonderful nephews who have continued to enrich her life with their ever growing families.

She loved and bred wire fox terriers, opening a dog grooming salon to care for other beloved pets. She went on to finish her service in the community at the first NHS hospital, Trafford General, where she was catering manager. A fan of Gracie Fields, she loved to sing and baking was a favourite past time.

Joyce died aged 90 at Woodlands Hospital. “The entire Ritter family and her friends Alison, Stewart, Janice and Libby will miss her dearly”, Alison Hadley said.

David Worthington

David Worthington

David worked at Hyde Road bus depot for many years as a bus driver. He loved watching Manchester United and he was a great dart player.

He loved being with all his family and friends and enjoyed a pint. The 76-year-old, from Droylsden, died on April 17 at Stamford Unit, Tameside. His family said: “Please say a big thank you to this unit and also Summer ward we will be forever grateful for all their kindness especially in David’s final hours.”

His family was made up of wife Cecelia, children Tommy, Kevin, Jason, Caroline and David, grandchildren Chloe, Adam, Ross, Luke, Leah, Caitlyn, Samantha and great-grandchildren Ruby and Freddie. Children’s partners, Nicola, Andrew, Nicky, Tanya. Brothers Billy, Terry and Terry’s wife Tina.

Sisters Ann and the late Christine. His daughter Caroline said: “A loving husband, dad, grandad, great-grandad, brother, uncle, nephew and friend to many. “He will be sadly missed and will always be in our hearts.

“I hope they have a dartboard up their dad and serve a good pint and that you have re-united with uncle Vinny and uncle Syd and your mum and dad and Christine.” If you have a loved one that you want to pay tribute to – fill the form in here.

Marie Murray

Marie Murray, from Salford

Marie was a much-loved mother, grandmother and sister who worked for many years as a machinist for businesses in Salford. She liked to play darts and was a regular competitor in the Thursday night league.

Along with her late husband Keith, Marie travelled to destinations around the world often to visit family members abroad. She was a mother to Rachel and grandmother to Josephine and Jake Adams, as well as being a sister to Frank, Kevin and Barrie, an aunt and even a great-aunt. Marie died aged 68 on Good Friday, April 10, following six days as a patient at Salford Royal Hospital.

Her friend Lillian Fallows said: “I lost my sister today, not a birth sister but a sister nonetheless. A good and trusted friend and my partner in crime. “For many years we have become a ‘pack of three’, Marie, Barrie and me, sadly that has gone forever.

“I’m really going to miss this girl, she’s my confidante and my sounding board. We’ve been friends since the day we met – and that’s over fifty years. “Marie you are one of a kind and it’s been my privilege to know you.

I hope you are reunited with Keith. I am going to miss you more than words can say. “It’s made worse because we never got the chance to say goodbye.

This horrible virus has really hit home. Fly free lovely lady, we will all give you a good send off when all this is over.”

Albert Beckett

Albert Beckett, from Salford, died after contracting coronavirus

Albert was part of a large family as the second youngest of seven siblings. He spent most of his life living in Eccles and had two children, Ann and Anthony, as well as a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

At 92 years old, he spent the last six months of his life at Kenyon Lodge Care Home before passing away on April 3. He was a keen fan of both Manchester United and Salford Red Devils, as well as having a love for watching cricket. He also liked to go on days out and coach trips and was known for always having a smile on his face.

Paying tribute to him, a family member said: “We miss you so much, our hearts have been broken. “Go now and be free, love you with all our hearts, until we meet again.”

Frank Gilmore

Frank spent the majority of his life in Swinton and took on a number of jobs, including 25 years working at the Chloride. He was a brother to Clara, John and Jane and the husband of Margaret.

He was also the father of Debbie and Alyson, father in law of Tony and Dave and grandfather of Matthew, Gareth, Laura and Liam. Frank passed away on March 30 at Crumpsall Hospital. He was a Manchester United fan and also followed Swinton Rugby Club, as well as enjoying cricket at Old Trafford.

He was a keen gardener too and, in his younger years, liked ballroom dancing. He loved listening to music and especially liked Frank Samatha, Tony Bennett and Jazz music. Frank’s family said: “Each morning when we awake we know that you are gone, and no one knows the heartache as we try to carry on.

“Our hearts ache with sadness and many tears still flow, what it means to lose you, no one will ever know. “Our thoughts are always with you, your place no one can fill. In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still.

“There will always be a heartache, and often silent tears, but always precious memories of the days when you were here. “If tears could make a staircase and heartache make a lane, we’d walk the path to heaven and bring you home again. “We hold you close within our hearts, and there you will remain.

To walk with us throughout our lives, until we meet again. “Our family chain is broken now, and nothing will be the same. But as god calls us one by one, the chain will link again.

RIP Dad We will love and miss you forever. All our love From Alyson, Debbie & Tony And your grandchildren Matthew, Gareth, Laura, and Liam.”

Ellen Sherry

Ellen was born in County Monaghan, Ireland, but moved to Salford many years ago with her late husband Eddie. They never had a family of their own but Ellen treated each of her nieces and nephews as though they were her own children.

They lived in Enid Street for many years before moving to Lower Broughton. Most recently Ellen was living in Kenyon Lodge Care Home, where she passed away on April 11, aged 92. In tribute to her, a family member said: “Aunty Ellie will be sadly missed very much by her sister-in-law Mary McLoughlin and also all her nephews, nieces, great nephews and great nieces and by everyone who loved her.”

Frank Gordon

Frank was husband to Kathleen Gordon and father to Nicola, Michael and Peter.

He had many grandchildren and great grandchildren. He was born in Tallentire, Cumbria, but moved to Bolton at two years old. When he was younger he worked on a farm, a job which he loved, and later he worked at both Asda and Tesco and was a well-respected member of staff.

He was passionate about golf and snooker and played in many different places alongside lifelong friends Noddy and Ken. Frank enjoyed walks around Rivington and was had such a love for music and singing that he would burst into song whenever he felt like it. He passed away at the Royal Bolton Hospital on April 9, aged 73.

A family member said: “Frank was a great man, a true gent and a legend to those who knew him and his name will be kept alive by those who loved him. “Rest in peace, until we meet again.”

Paul Audrey

Paul was brought up in Ordsall and worked as a carer at a home in Eccles. He died aged just 59 at Salford Royal Hospital on April 17.

Paul was well-known around the Ordsall area and was popular because of his great sense of humour. He was a father and had three sisters and one brother. Following his death, a family friend said: “It’s just a massive shock for all of your many friends, your partner Tina and your children.

“It is just so cruel that none of your friends will be at your funeral but you were that well known that they will line up, keeping their distance, while you pass to your final resting place. “We are all going to miss you. What a man.”

Terrence Hodgkinson

Terrance lived in Hindley Green in Wigan and was a keen fisherman and member of the Labour Party for years.

He sadly passed away at Royal Albert Edward Infirmary aged 78. Terrance was a loving husband to Eunice, dad to Nadine and Stuart and granddad to Jemma, Liam, Anni and Cerys. He was father-in-law to Stephen and Ceri, and brother, uncle and friend to many.

Paying tribute, his family said: “We will never forget what this dreadful COVID-19 has done to our family. “We did not get to see you the last three weeks of your life and cannot thank the staff that care for you. “Whoever was with you at the end we would like to thank.”

Jean Wallace

Jean was born and raised in Salford and was a mum to seven children and a grandmother to many more.

She left five generations of family behind when she passed away at Abbey Grove Care home in Salford on 16th April, aged 92. Jean was a machinist in her early teens until meeting her husband John, who sadly passed away in 1994. Jean spent a lot of time with her family, caring for them all over the years.

In later life, she loved going to the rainbow rooms and enjoyed going to see the Halle Orchestra, especially last night of the proms. Paying tribute, her family said: “Jean will be sadly missed by her family and friends whom loved her dearly. “You are forever in our hearts.

Hope you’re back with your John. “We would also like to thank all the carers at Abbey Grove for the exceptional care and love given.”

Judy Meighan

Judy grew up and lived in Salford – and was proud of the fact. She sadly passed away at Salford Royal Hospital on April 13, aged 70.

She leaves behind husband Alec, daughter Louise and son’s Stuart and the late Simon. Judy also have two much loved granddaughter’s Emma and Georgia. Judy attended Clarendon secondary modern school, after leaving school she had a number of jobs and ended up working at Cussons until she had her first baby.

Paying tribute, Judy’s sister, Dorothy Clements said: “My sister was a hard working girl, she liked to sew, making her own wedding dress and bridesmaid dresses. “She loved cooking and baking and made a mean quiche. “She was a breast cancer survivor and recently celebrated her golden wedding anniversary and two weeks later her 70th birthday.

“She will be very sadly missed by her husband, her children, and granddaughters, brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces and extended family.”

Samuel Clarke

Samuel lived in Rusholme for many years before moving to Fallowfield. He was a massive Manchester City fan and enjoyed a pint or two with the gang at St Kentigerns. He passed away at Manchester Royal Infirmary on April 8, aged 79.

Samuel was a husband to Patricia, dad to Colin, David, Paul and Heather. He was a brother to Freddie, Brian and Margaret. He had 12 grandchildren and eight great grandchildren.

S He was also a popular figure down at The Old Manchester City Social Club(Rusholme) and St Crispins on Lloyd Street. Your tribute:

Sam loved parties recently celebrating his and Pat’s 60th wedding anniversary together.

He loved telling funny/wild stories to the family and especially the grandchildren in his many accents.

He will be massively missed by all the family and all that knew him.

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