Loved and lost: The latest tributes to people in our region who have died after contracting Covid-19

Coronavirus has brought heartache to thousands of families across Greater Manchester. The latest figures show that more than 4,300 people have died in our region’s hospitals alone. And tragically, this number is continuing to rise.

But, behind these statistics are real human beings who were loved by family and friends. At the Manchester Evening News , we have pledged to pay tribute to the people from our region who have lost their lives after contracting Covid-19.

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We have already published hundreds of tributes in our Loved and Lost series. Today, we remember more people who lost their lives. If you want to pay tribute to a loved one, fill out the form here.

Leo Gourley

Loved and lost: The latest tributes to people in our region who have died after contracting Covid-19Leo Gourley

Leo lived in Clayton for more than 40 years, though originally came from Dublin, Ireland.

He had a large family and leaves behind his three children Simon, Joanne and Gilian and grandchildren Niamh, Luka, Hollie, Niamh, Harrison, Jack, Ellie and Caitlyn. He also leaves behind Gavin, Darren and Tracy. Leo lost his beloved wife Pauline in February 2020.

His son Simon said he was well-known in Manchester, especially in the Snipe and Clayton Conservative Club. Leo worked as an electrician. If you want to pay tribute to a loved one, fill out the form here.

He sadly passed away aged 79 in May last year at the Stamford House care home in Stalybridge. He tested positive for Covid-19 two weeks before his death. Paying tribute, Simon said: “For My dad Leo, we would spend many times together having a pint, laughing over football with his mates, going out with his grandchildren for breakfast in a morning.

“I was proud of dad as he would buy anyone a drink. “He brought us up in the right way. “Him and mum were amazing parents and very sadly missed by all his friends and family xx”.

Douglas Tulloch

Loved and lost: The latest tributes to people in our region who have died after contracting Covid-19Douglas Tulloch

Douglas, better known as Doug, lived in Droylsden.

He was the son of the late Elsie and Arther Tulloch. Doug had four children Pauline, Jackie, Michele and Stephen. He also leaves behind son-in-laws John and Pete, grandchildren Lorna, Andrew, Katie, Rosanna, Sarah, Emily and Claire and great grandchildren Lucas, Ewan and Connor.

He was born in 1933 in Newton Heath before his family moved to Failsworth. He left school in 1947 and was employed as a French polisher at A Wardell until 1951. Doug then joined the RAF as an Aero Fireman Driver at an ammunition storage base in Duren, Germany until March 1955.

After leaving the RAF he started working at Adamson Engineering in Dukinfield, before going on to work on the Waterways on the Manchester Ship Canal. If you want to pay tribute to a loved one, fill out the form here. In February 1964, he started working at Cabot Carbon in Dukinfield on the Shepley Industrial Estate.

He remained there for 29 years until he retired. Doug was also a part-time taxi driver in Tameside for some time. His daughter Pauline said he loved going on holidays to the Greek islands, Spain, Malta and Barbados in later years.

He enjoyed fishing, gardening and growing his own vegetables. For many years, he was a neighbourhood watch coordinator for his street. This resulted in him receiving a long service award from the police for his services to the community.

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Doug was diagnosed with vascular dementia in January 2017 and would say ‘there’s nothing wrong with me, I don’t know where they have got that from’.

He moved into a care home in Droylsden in March 2020 where he spent four enjoyable weeks. He sadly contracted Covid-19 the following month and passed away peacefully aged 87 in hospital on April 10 last year. “Doug is greatly missed by his loving family and friends”, daughter Pauline said.

Sarah Mcilwrick

Loved and lost: The latest tributes to people in our region who have died after contracting Covid-19Sarah Mcilwrick

Sarah was mum to Stuart, mother-in-law to Christine and grandmother to Stuart, Andrew and Christopher.

She was born in Glasgow but lived in Bury. Her son Stuart said she will be ‘truly, sadly missed’. He said his mum had a ‘warm, cheeky smile’ and would share Manchester City football stats after every game.

Sarah sadly passed away aged 79 on December 9, 2020, after testing positive for Covid-19.

Mark Binks

Loved and lost: The latest tributes to people in our region who have died after contracting Covid-19Mark Binks

Mark lived in Hollingworth and was dad to Brian and Anne. He was a loving family man who instilled the value of working for what you want. He was married to his ‘only love’ Amy Inez.

Mark served in Germany and worked at Sterling Moulding Materials until he started driving a truck delivering air conditioning. If you want to pay tribute to a loved one, fill out the form here. He retired at the age of 59 due to ill health.

He tested positive for Covid-19 on April 27 and sadly died at Tameside Hospital two days later. He was 88. Paying tribute, Mark’s son Brian said: “We love and miss you every day but now know you are trucking around the world with your one love mum and our Duke.”

Barbara Wood

Loved and lost: The latest tributes to people in our region who have died after contracting Covid-19Barbara Wood

Barbara had three daughters, one son and eight grandchildren.

She lived in Failsworth. Her daughter Natalie said she was the ‘life and soul at every party’ and had many friends. She lived in Spain for a number of years and took on a motherly role to workers over there.

Barbara loved dancing and music, and adored Elvis. If you want to pay tribute to a loved one, fill out the form here. She sadly died age 73 at the Royal Oldham Hospital in November.

She had tested positive for Covid-19. Paying tribute, Barbara’s daughter Natalie said: “Mum was taken far too soon, you still had many more parties to go too. “You made a strong family mum, thats something we will always have.

“Words cant describe how loved you are. “You will be greatly missed… we all love you, now find Elvis and dance…xxx

James Tomlinson

Loved and lost: The latest tributes to people in our region who have died after contracting Covid-19James Tomlinson

James, known as Jim, was husband to Veronica, father to Jimmy, Susan and Mark, grandfather to Anthony, Darren, Samantha, Harry, Molly and George and great-grandfather to Jayden, Annabelle, Ruby, Kristiana, A’keighlah and Dante. He was born in Sunderland but lived in Salford.

Jim was liked and known by many people in Salford and Eccles and worked as a singer in many of the local pubs and clubs for several years. His daughter Susan said he was ‘very proud’ of all of his family and loved them dearly.

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Jim’s family have been left devastated after his passing. In tribute, Susan said: “Everyone who knew him described him as a true gentleman.

“All his family loved him dearly and he was our shinning star.” Jim tested positive for Covid-19 in November 2020. He sadly passed away aged 86 on December 4 at Salford Royal Hospital.

Joyce Denby

Loved and lost: The latest tributes to people in our region who have died after contracting Covid-19Joyce Denby

Joyce was mum to Sue and Ann, mother-in-law to Phil and Nev and grandmother to James, Ryan, Michael, Joshua and Samuel.

She lived in the same house in Hale Barns for her entire life and was married to her husband for nearly 50 years. She loved visiting the Greek islands and spending time with family, particularly her five grandsons. Joyce sadly died aged 85 after testing positive for Covid-19.

She passed away on March 29, 2020, at Wythenshawe Hospital. Paying tribute to her mum, Sue said: “To our wonderful Mum and Grandma who we miss so much every day. “You were loved by all who knew you.

“You are together with Dad and we take great comfort from that. “God Bess you Mum. We love you.”

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