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'Devastated' man speaks out after grandad with coronavirus dies

The "devastated" grandson of a man who died from coronavirus in Cumbria has urged people to "stay at home" to protect others.

Allan Davis-Johnston, 81, was said to be very fit and healthy for his age and active in a number of organisations in his home town of Cockermouth.

He worked for the GPO and British Telecom for three decades. His grandson, Adrian, said: "My grandad was a character. He was a funny, loving, kind and generous man. We all loved him so much."

What seemed to be a cold last week developed into breathing problems and Allan was taken into the West Cumberland Hospital.

"He was diagnosed with having had coronavirus the next day," said Adrian. "On the Friday sadly he was told and we were told it was likely he was not going to survive the pneumonia caused by the Covid-19 and very sadly in the early hours of Saturday morning he passed away."

"We are absolutely gutted as is all the family. A loved man, he was great-grandad. Even though he was 81 he was living a full and active life. It's just an absolute shock to us all."

Allan Davis-Johnston, 81, died from the virus. Credit: Family photo.

Allan did his national service with the Border Regiment and latterly had been chairman of the U3A in Cockermouth, as well as a member of a choir.

His family doesn't know how he had contracted coronavirus.

"He was socially-isolating, he was doing all the right things. It was just so quick. He was doing the right things" Adrian said.

"We just want to say that my grandad was fit and healthy. He was a strong 81-year-old, active in the community and people just need to stick to those key messages.

"Stay at home because we don't want other people to go through what we're going through. It's absolutely devastated us all so stay at home and stay safe."

Due to the current restrictions, only his immediate family will be able to attend the funeral but they plan a proper send off for him once the coronavirus outbreak is finally over.

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