Stuart Ivany paid tribute in tears to his 79-year-old father Doug after his death Thursday night at Whiston Hospital, where he was taken by ambulance the previous Friday after having difficulty breathing.
In the video, which has been posted on social media and has since been shared thousands of times, Stuart also makes a passionate appeal for people to “stay home and stay safe.”
In this tribute, Stuart, 40, who lives in Ainsdale, said: “It’s real – it’s not a cold, not the flu.
“It is the most horrible and horrible disease that can really torture you.
“I will never see (my father) again, take a pint with him, shake his hand or watch the game with him. “
Urging people to stay home, Stuart adds, “If the loss of my father can be someone else’s gain, do it.” “
Stuart’s partner Carolyn Smith said Doug was a popular and well-known figure in the Garswood area, near St Helens, where the family is from.
He was the father of two sons, Stuart and Paul, and also had seven grandchildren.
She said, “He was fit and healthy and very active, going for a walk and still gardening.
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“He was a good old school guy and a beloved figure in the community,
“He had had previous pneumonia 18 months ago but recovered from it.
“The message that Stuart spread is painful, but it really hit home with a lot of people. “