Sons pay tribute to Staffordshire nurse who died from coronavirus

The sons of a Staffordshire nurse who died from coronavirus have paid tribute to their father.

Patrick McManus, 60, had been a nurse for over 40 years. He passed away on Sunday (April 19) in the Royal Stoke University Hospital's Intensive Care Unit.

He had worked at the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary before transferring to Stafford around 10 years ago.

In a tribute, his son's said:

Patrick with his partner, Lena Credit: Family handout

Patrick's son Kevin added:

Patrick's niece Aileen Mullen said the family have been left in limbo after the loss:

Patrick at his nursing graduation Credit: Family handout

The County Hospital's ward sister Jacquie Chell hailed Patrick as an accomplished nurse who was "like a book of knowledge" and a "great friend".

She said: "He was such a beautiful man inside and out Paddy is towerof strength to all who work with him. He always put everyone firstbefore himself.

"Paddy was such an inspiration to everybody in the team and he alsohad multiple sclerosis but never let that get in the way of him doingwhat he loves."

"That was one reason why he was such an inspiration to everyone whoknew him and why he is such a loved person."

"Paddy was like a book, he knew everything there was to know aboutnursing. He fought for what is right in all sorts of everyday life innursing."

"He made us all laugh and put a smile on our faces.

"Paddy's loved football, he was a big Celtic fan. He also loved motorbikes."

"All our hearts and thoughts go out to his wife Lena and the family at such a hard time."

Kind words from patients and friends have also flooded in on social media praising Mr McManus on his nursing and his ability to always put a smile on a person's face.