A family was heartbroken after a father and daughter died from the coronavirus a few days apart.
Tributes were paid to David Whincup, 79, and his daughter Joanne Rennison, 52, after both of them contracted a fatal Covid-19 case.
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The couple lived together in Cottingham, East Yorks, with Margaret – David’s wife and Jo’s mom – and daughter of Jo Alice.
Both were well known for their good work in the region and had held positions with the Red Cross.
The charity work of David, the grandfather of three, raised thousands of pounds for worthy causes in the county and in Hull.
He has been described as “full of life, fun and love for his family” – also a former Humberside police officer.
‘FULL OF LOVE’
Her grandchildren have now created a JustGiving page in her memory and in Jo’s memory to raise money for the MS Society Hull, Beverley Borough and Holderness branch.
Jo was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis at the age of 30, and the MS Society has always been an important family charity.
The family smashed their original target of £ 500 in no time and are now pushing towards £ 4,000.
David’s funeral took place Monday – just days after his daughter’s – at Haltemprice Crematorium.
He was followed by a close family only, but many others followed the procedure online, reports Hull Live.
Stuart Hickson, a police colleague from David, said, “I know that under normal circumstances this building would have been full because David has touched so many lives. “
Former Brexit Minister David Davis MP paid tribute to David, who was vice president and president of Haltemprice and the Howden Conservative Association.
The MP said: “David was the kindest, most thoughtful and most honest man I have ever had the privilege of meeting.
“He had a fantastic commitment to the selfless public service. He will be greatly missed. “
David and Margaret had three daughters, Vicki, Jo and Al, three grandchildren, Alex, Alice and Frankie, and a son-in-law, Paul.
Vicki and Al said they admired their father who was always smiling, full of energy, life, fun and love.
The family was devastated by the virus, but said they were grateful for the time spent with their father and sister Jo.
David and Jo were directors of Educare Nursery in Beverley, which they started as a family business to help care for 150 children.
Nursery Director Vicki Morris said, “David was extremely attached to the nursery, striving to develop facilities, resources and a positive and safe environment for the children.
“He was incredibly proud of the nursery and all of its accomplishments, always ensuring that the staff were recognized for their hard work and dedication.”
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She added, “We will miss him a lot, but the nursery will continue with all the plans he has developed with me and our incredibly dedicated and incredible team. “
Father and daughter are just two of the last tragic victims of the coronavirus, the death toll in the UK is set to rise again today and probably become the highest in Europe.
This comes as questions remain unanswered when to lift the lock, with a fifth of Britons believing it is too early to relax the measures, according to a poll.
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