Tributes have poured in for William Shakespeare – affectionately known as Bill – who made world headlines last year when he received the blow.
The 81-year-old received the Pfizer vaccine on December 8, the time to represent a historic opportunity in the country’s fight against the coronavirus.
He died last Thursday of a stroke – at Coventry and Warwickshire University Hospital where he received his vaccine shortly after Margaret Keenan, 91.
And although much was emphasized that his name was William Shakespeare and was from Warwickshire, the grandfather was fiercely proud to be from Coventry according to his friends.
Bill had been a dedicated ward councilor with a proud grandfather.
Local councilor Jayne Innes said he was “a much beloved figure” in the Coventry Labor Party. He had also been a parish councilor for three decades and president of the parish council for 20 years.
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Jayne told CoventryLive: “He was such a lovely man, a man who had a real commitment to improving his area.
“During the lockdown, local families will have enjoyed walking among the trees planted by Bill and his colleagues in Allesley in the 1980s.
“He was also very involved in the creation of Coundon Wood in 2005 and in raising funds for the purchase of Elkin Wood, now managed by the Woodland Trust in 1997.
“Bill has been a long-time activist so he was thrilled to be able to help everyone get vaccinated so that we can get back to everything we value in life. I had my first. Having our jabs is the best tribute we can all pay to Bill.
“He was an avid photographer, loved jazz and socializing, and also loved the natural world and gardens. Bill will be remembered for many things, including the Taste of Evil.
“He was a highly respected figure in the Coventry Labor Party and he will be sorely missed. “
Angela Hopkins, Coventry Labor Party secretary, added: “Bill has been an active member for many, many years, especially in the Bablake neighborhood where he has walked hundreds of thousands of steps each year campaigning for the party. and served as Allesley Parish Councilor.
“I know he will be sadly missed not only by the members of Parliament for Bablake, but also by his colleagues in the riding and beyond. “
Politics aside, he worked at Rolls Royce and was also governor of two schools. He has also been said to be a real family man.
He leaves behind his wife Joy, his two sons, one also called William but known as Will, as well as Julian.
Details of the funeral have yet to be arranged.
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