A FAMILY has been left devastated by the death of an “amazing” son who died of coronavirus just weeks after visiting his virus-stricken dad on his deathbed.
Three weeks before he died, Greg Smith, 41, said goodbye to his dad Roy, 67, who was admitted to Burton’s Queens Hospital with coronavirus in December.
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Within days the 41-year-old Greg discovered that he had contracted Covid-19, and was admitted to the same hospital.
After fighting for his life on a ventilator Greg tragically passed away.
Today, their family described how words “cannot express their heartbreak” at the deaths of Roy on December 31 and Greg on January 24.
In a statement, the family said: “Greg’s partner, Natalie, and his mother, Deborah, along with his four children and stepdaughter, are truly devastated at the loss of a husband of 45 years, a grandfather and only son at the age of 41 – a loving partner and amazing dad.
“Words cannot express our heartbreak.
“It has been the saddest of times but we have taken great comfort from the many tributes, kind words, and gestures and to know how much they were loved.”
Last week, Greg and Roy had a joint funeral, with socially distanced mourners lining the streets of Barton and Alrewas as the procession made its way through the villages.
Some paid their respects at the Holland Sports Club, where Manchester United and Burton Albion fan Greg had loved playing football.
Greg, who lived in Worcester, leaves behind partner Natalie Passey, four children, the youngest just four-years-old.
Former Needwood Distribution boss Roy, who suffered from MS, lived in Alrewas with wife Deborah, 66.
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Greg’s cousin, Millie Watson, 34, from Burton, said: “I still can’t believe this has happened. I’m going to miss them so much.
“The last time I saw Greg was after Roy had died and I went round to leave some food on his doorstep.”