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Heartbroken relatives urge public to take coronavirus seriously

The heartbroken family of a grandfather who died after contracting coronavirus have urged others to heed the official advice.

Leonard Gibson, 78, died on St Patrick's Day, three days after he was admitted to the Northern General Hospital in Sheffield.

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The grandfather of four, who had the lung condition COPD, was from Fintona, Northern Ireland, and came to South Yorkshire aged 26, working at the Orgreave coke works.

In 1984, Mr Gibson, who was one of 14 children, moved back to the same street he grew up in.

The gifted musician, who could play by ear, finally returned to Sheffield two years ago to be near his two daughters as his health deteriorated.

His grandson Josiah Lenton said:

He was very family oriented and took an interest in everyone in his family both here and in Northern Ireland.

"He'd always tell us to drive carefully, to take care, to look after ourselves and each other.

"In spite of his health, he always had a smile on his face, and was always happy to crack a joke.

"He'll be sorely missed by all of us.

"He did have quite a hard time in later years with his health but he always was irrepressibly happy."

– Josiah Lenton

Mr Lenton praised the NHS care his grandfather received.

And he urged people to take heed of the official advice on keeping themselves and others safe.

He continued: "I think it is absolutely essential that people take this seriously and follow all the guidance."

His sister Tahlia Lenton said:

The more people that don't take it seriously, the more tragedies like this and more families will be in this position, and I don't want that to happen to anyone."

– Tahlia Lenton

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