William ‘Bill’ Shakespeare made headlines around the world last December when images were shared of him receiving the Pfizer-BioNTech jab.
The 81-year-old man died last Thursday of a stroke – at University Hospital in Coventry and Warwickshire where he received his vaccine shortly after Margaret Keenan, 91.
Coventry adviser Jayne Innes, a friend of Mr Shakespeare, told Coventry Live that “the best tribute to Bill is to have the shot”.
He had been a parish councilor for three decades and president of the parish council for 20 years.
Jayne said: “He was such a lovely man, a man who had a real commitment to improving his region.
“During the lockdown, local families will have enjoyed walking among the trees planted by Bill and his colleagues 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. tribute we can all pay to Bill.
“He was a passionate 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 leaves behind his wife Joy, his two sons, one also called William but known as Will, as well as Julian.