Former Sunderland councillor Margaret Beck dies from coronavirus

A "much-loved" community stalwart and former Sunderland councillor hasdied from coronavirus.

Margaret Beck, who was a former councillor for Fulwell, died on Fridaymorning, after contracting the Covid-19 virus.

Her husband of 49-years Richard, 73, said: "We are absolutely devastated." She also leaves behind her daughter Theresa, 51 and grandson Ryan, who is 24 today.

The leader of Sunderland City Council, Councillor Graeme Miller, made the following comment:

News of Margaret’s death will be a shock to many, many people across our city. She was an absolute stalwart of the community across Fulwell and worked very hard to protect and promote the interests of all residents. Professionally and personally, her honesty and hard work were always respected by everybody she met and worked with. Our thoughts are with her family and many friends."

Councillor Graeme Miller

Margaret was taken ill last Friday and an ambulance was called but the family were told to carry on what they were doing as they thought shepossibly had pneumonia.

Her condition deteriorated over the weekend and she was taken tohospital where she was told she had coronavirus on Wednesday.

Last night, her family received a call telling them to go to thehospital as staff feared she would not survive the night and herfamily rushed to her bedside.

Wearing masks and protective clothing the family said their finalgoodbyes to their much-loved mum, grandmother and wife and sadlyMargaret lost her battle with the virus this morning.

Her heartbroken husband Richard said: "We had to say our finalgoodbyes and I said to her I will always you.

"We are all absolutely devastated. This is such a terrible thing.Although Margaret did have heart troubles, she had no underlyinghealth conditions.

"It came out of the blue and her condition got worse and worse.

"Margaret was so loved and well-liked in the community and many peoplehave already been in touch to say that she was so loved and that shewill be missed."

Seaburn Dene Primary School, where Margaret was a governor, have also paid triubute to her:

Washington and Sunderland West Labour party said: "It is with greatsadness that we learn of the passing of our friend, colleague andformer councillor for Fulwell Ward, Margaret Beck.

"Margaret was a tireless campaigner for her community and will besadly missed by all who were lucky enough to have known her.

"Our thoughts are with Richard and the family at this time. "

MP for Sunderland Central Julie Elliott said it was "so very sad" andpassed her best wishes onto her family.

Margaret was elected in May 2015 to represent Fulwell and was wellknown in the local area for regularly visiting Neighbourhood Watchmeetings.