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Remembering those we've lost to Covid-19

Hundreds of people in Kent have lost their lives to coronavirus.

Among those are nurses, the people getting food to us, parents, grandparents and pillars of the community.

We are honoured that many relatives have chosen to speak to KentOnline about their loss.

We have created this page as lasting tribute to their loved ones.

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Doreen Waugh

Age 83, Chatham

Roger Brian Smith

Age 76, Gillingham

Anthony James Taylor

Age 73, Sevenoaks

Doreen Waugh

Age 83

Our Beloved Mum, Nan and Great Nan living in Chatham, originally from Sunderland. So caring, loving and kind. Missed every minute of every day. Admitted to Medway hospital with unrelated Covid problem but unfortunately contracted Covid 19 in hospital and passed away. Forever in our Hearts

Roger Brian Smith

Age 76

My Dad Roger Brian Smith in care home in Gillingham age 76 taken so suddenly from this awful disease. You are so missed Dad xx my life will never be the same.

Anthony James Taylor

Age 73

Anthony James Taylor, aged 73 of Sevenoaks, Kent, sadly lost his fight with Covid-19 on the 8th of November 2020. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He will live on in our hearts and minds for eternity.

Bernard George Mayes

Age 82

Thomas Norman Gay

Age 80

Rose Bonner

Age 73, Ashford

David Sayer

Age: 63, Maidstone

Maureen & John Boy

Age: 84, Northfleet

Bernard George Mayes

Age 82

Bernard George Mayes, Age 82 died at William Harvey Hospital, Ashford. I promisied as you left my house that they would make you better, after you'd said I don't want to go into hospital I might catch that nasty covid... But it did happen, you caught covid and you passed away without me by your side, just a video call and you couldn't speak back to me. It breaks my heart. Love and miss you Dad.

Thomas Norman Gay

Age 80

Thomas Norman Gay aged 80 yrs..sadly dad passed away from covid-19 at pilgrims hospice, Ashford on 26th May 2020..A keen collector of antiques/bric a brac and an avid boot fair fan, and in his former years worked as a Design Structural Engineer on several contracts throughout the UK, Jersey to name but a few.He loved Spain and all things Spanish and a him and mum had bought an apartment there at one point.Sadly dad's health declined in the past 3yrs, overcoming sepsis in 2019 only to be admitted to hospital for a fall/chest infection on 6th may acquiring covid-19 and sadly never recovered.My dad had a great sense of humour, kind heart and would help anyone out.Miss you always Dad from your loving daughter Sarah, Steve (partner) your wife Kay of 54 years, grandchildren Nick, Dan partner Abbie and great grandchildren Konnor and Charlie.RIP with the angels now love you always xx

Rose Bonner

Age 73, Ashford

Rose Bonner passed away 2nd June A wonderful mother to 6 children , 17 grandchildren and 24 great grandchildren. You were the life of our family. The glue that held us all together. Your smile brightened up any room. We all miss you so much. Wish we could have been there at the end thats what hurts the most knowing you were on your own. It makes it more bearable knowing You are now with dad. We all Love you loads Mum.

David Sayer

Age 63, from Maidstone.

Maureen & John Boy

Both aged 84, from Northfleet Kent.


Age: 83, Gillingham


Age: 90, Gravesend


Age: 41, Dartford


Age: 80



Ken Wallin

Ken Wallin Aged 83. Our wonderful grandad was full of life. He had an infectious laugh that you heard from any room, he was a proud great grandad and had a Laurel & Hardy collection that you could set up a shop Grandad should still be here - this was not his time We miss you everyday xXx

Read more about Ken here...

Dennis McCarthy

Dennis McCarthy Aged 90 from Gravesend

Reece Loft

Reece Loft, 41, Dartford On 30th March I lost the kindest, most decent son one could ever hope to have.

Keith Antrobus

Keith Antrobus, 80 yrs old, deceased at QEQM Margate

Kim Price | Dover

Kim Price, Died at William Harvey Hospital, 17th April 2020, aged 61..she went to castlemount sec school in Dover, Kim was a lovely lady, every body who knew her has good memories of her, she was married to Mark Price, but he was taken to young many years ago, she never looked for love after him, hopefully she is back with him now.

Kim had found out she had cancer, while staying in the hospital she caught this horrible coronavirus , and sadly did not make it.

God bless you Kim, theres not a day goes by I dont think of you, Love and miss you so much, until we meet again love from your sister always, Dawn xxxxx

Rob and Karen


Alan John

Age: 73, Ashford


Age: 78, Rochester


Age: 68, Romney Marsh

Miltiadis (Miltos)

Age: 58

Rob and Karen Phillips | Gravesend

A fundraiser has been launched to help heartbroken sisters who face losing their family home following the tragic death of their parents.

Gravesend couple and teen sweethearts, Rob and Karen Phillips, were admitted to Darent Valley Hospital after contracting Covid-19.

Read more about Rob and Karen here...

Alan John Covell | Age: 73, Ashford

He was an amazing Dad and the greatest Grandad to his only grandson. Our only comfort is that you are now reunited with Mum. We miss you every day Dad.

Alan McNicol | Age: 78, Rochester

Beloved partner, father, grandfather, and friend. Taken from the world far too soon and loved by all; Alan's charm and humor left an impression on everyone and never failed to make people laugh. Alan was a humble and proud man who fought to push forward even when all odds were stacked against him.

Alan was a retiree of the Kent Police with whom he served for over 30 years, reaching the rank of CID. Throughout his life he lived and served forces in not only England but in Singapore and New Zealand also; as a young man, Alan served with the navy. In his navy and police career, Alan also excelled as a diver.

Alan tragically passed away after a short fight with illness. He was being treated by Medway Maritime's McCulloch ward. Rest in peace, Alan. Gone, but fondly remembered - and never forgotten.

Roy Lee | Age: 68, Romney Marsh

Roy Lee, aged 68, St Mary’s Bay, Romney Marsh Kent. Much loved Husband, Dad and Grandad. Deeply missed and always in our hearts.

Miltiadis (Miltos) Petridis | Age: 58

Miltiadis (Miltos) Petridis - 15/08/1961 to 12/04/2020. Miltos is a much loved, much missed husband of Yvonne and father of four teenagers Lysandra, Orestis, Paris and Kimon. He was a professor of computer science, a head of department at Middlesex University. He inspired many, we continue to learn in his honour.

He caught COVID-19 whilst in hospital for an operation. Aged 58, he was taken from us too soon.


Age: 99, Ramsgate


Age: 60, South Darenth


Age: 56, Medway


Age: 84, Gravesend

Peter Roy

Age: 62, Deal

Mary Lincoln | Age: 99, Ramsgate

Sue Gordon | Age: 60, South Darneth

Sue was a much loved mum, nanny, daughter, sister, aunt and friend. She worked as an administrative assistant for a local charity.

Sue loved her family more than anything, she was caring, kind and had a brilliant sense of humour. She will be fondly remembered by all who knew her.

She passed away from covid-19 infection on 12th April 2020.

Richard Whitfield | Age: 56, Medway

Richard Whitfield from the Isle of Grain on the Hoo Peninsula, had not taken a day off sick for 15 years before he was struck with coronavirus.

His sister Shelene Whitfield said: “Richard was the most lovable person. He was a larger than life character and a gentleman."

Read more about Richard here...

Mary Pugh | Age: 84, Gravesend

Mary Pugh Maiden name East. Mary was very much loved Mum, Nana, Great Nana Poo. She was a member of St George’s Church and has lived her whole life in Gravesend. She was only 39 !! Would never admit to being 84. She died on 16th April of Covid at DVH. She will be very much loved and missed by us all.

Peter Roy Smith | Age: 62, Deal

Loving Father, Husband and Brother. Known to those who knew him as "Pete the Pond!" He will be greatly missed by all those who knew him. He could bring a smile to anyone's face with his smile!


Age: 59, Gravesend

Stuart "Charlie"

Age: 45, Sittingbourne

Dr Tariq

Age: 61


Age: 87, Maidstone


Age: 61, Maidstone

Trevor Gardiner | Age: 59, Gravesend

He is my husband bestest friend and my twin flame, lover. He was a kind, gentle, loving and happy man who loved living our little life we had made. We married December 2019 and after 3 wks of work closing doors he had lost his battle.

My life, my heart and my world shattered forever. Our love is eternal and will meet again one day. He is missed by all he touched and loved him always.

Read more about Trevor here...

Stuart "Charlie" Charlesworth | Age: 45

Stuart "Charlie" Charlesworth, aged 45 of Sittingbourne sadly lost his fight against COVID-19 in April after three weeks fighting in Medway Hospital ITU.

A devoted husband and father, he was also known to many as the lead singer of The Lost Missiles and Off The Radar, as well as being a key part of the Sporting Sittingbourne Sunday League team. He was very much loved and will be hugely missed by many.

He has left a huge hole in many people's lives. His family cannot thank the staff of Medway Hospital enough for all they did to care for him and provide support to his family during this time.

Read more about Stuart here...

Dr Tariq Shafi | Age: 61

A lead consultant for haematology has passed away from coronavirus.

Dr Tariq Shafi, 61, worked at Darent Valley Hospital in Dartford for 13 years alongside his team of clinicians and support workers.

On Thursday, April 9, Dr Shafi was admitted to the same hospital where he worked. On Sunday, April 12, he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. His health deteriorated and he was ventilated.

He subsequently was taken to St Thomas Hospital in central London on Friday, April 24.

Read more about Dr Tariq here...

Ron Waterman | Age: 87, Maidstone

Ron was a loving husband to wife Edna, Dad, Grandad, Great Grandad and good friend to many. After going into Maidstone hospital for other health issues, he later caught the virus and passed away on 5th May.

We are all devastated and we will be left with a huge hole in our lives. We wished we could of said goodbye. RIP

Christopher Phipps | Age: 61, Maidstone

A former Trebor Bassett worker from Maidstone has died after contracting Covid-19. Christopher Phipps contracted the coronavirus while suffering from a chest infection and he died at Maidstone Hospital on Wednesday, May 6.

The 61-year-old was described by his step-daughter Vicky Martin as a loving dad, grandfather and brother who will be "forever in our hearts".

Read more about Christopher here...

Robin Walter

Age: 79

Geoffrey Charles

Age: 66, Hythe


Age: 77, Chatham


Age: 77, Gravesend


Age: 84, Canterbury

Robin Walter Garvan | Age: 79

Robin Walter Garvan (Bob) 79 Died in Chelsea Westminster hospital on 20th April 2020. Dad was a Chelsea Pensioner who had server with 15th/19th Hussars.

Geoffrey Charles Richardson | Age: 66, Hythe

Geoffrey Charles Richardson aged 66 From Hythe Kent who passed away at William Harvery hospital 13th April. He leaves behind a loving wife, 4 children, 13 Grandchildren and many friends who adored him. RIP

Evelyn Crook | Age: 77, Chatham

A heartbroken family have paid tribute to their "easy-going and hard-working" mum, who has died from coronavirus.

Evelyn Crook, passed away on Tuesday, April 28, after suddenly becoming ill.

Read more about Evelyn here...

Carole Faulkner | Age: 77, Gravesend

Formerly from Bearsted. Lost my lovely mum to COVID-19 on Tuesday 28 April. Mum ran Holly House Stores in Bearsted alongside my late step dad, for approx 20 years, before having to retire after undergoing major brain surgery. This certainly left her with many challenges to face on a daily basis. She was a well respected and loved member of the community. After losing my wonderful stepdad (her soulmate) three years ago, she moved to Gravesend. Mum leaves behind two daughters, Michele and Jenni and their families. She will be sorely missed by us all. She had the most cheeky smile, and a great sense of humour. I feel very sad that none of us were able to say goodbye, and we are still in shock at the speed that this awful virus took her from us. RIP mum! Back with dad now where you always wanted to be.

Patricia Mountain | Age: 84, Canterbury

Patricia Mountain (Pat) 84, Canterbury. Was the tower of her family, strong with a lot of courage, in the last 5 years, losing her husband Len after 59 years, a knee op, chemo, and broken hip only to be getting back to normal when having a fall and breaking her other hip, being taken to Margate hospital, she pushed herself hard to get home quickly only to be taken back to hospital 8 days later with the virus which she believes she picked up when changing wards. She will be greatly missed by her 38 members of her family. Love to thank wonderful nurse Beth who used her own phone to have a group chat with her 3 children, where they managed to tell her that a new great grandchild was on its way, born the day after and we loved her, she passed away a few hours later on the 12th April.


Age: 80, Whitstable


Age: 55, Ashford

Alec Charles

Age: 69, Tonbridge


Age: 92, Whitstable


Age: 70, Folkestone

Sid Dawson | Age: 80, Whitstable

Sid Dawson aged 80 of Seasalter whitstable sadly passed away in Margate hospital on 22nd Apr 2020 after contracting Covid -19. Anyone who new the former electrician will know what a character he was and also his love of waterskiing and boating which he enjoyed into his mid seventies. He will sadly missed by all his friends from whitstable and his family..Rest in peace x

Adekunle Enitan | Age: 55, Ashford

Adekunle Enitan, known as Ade, was a much-loved and popular nurse at the William Harvey Hospital in Ashford. He died aged just 55, and in his last days he was cared for by his own team, and will be deeply missed by friends, family, and all of his colleagues at the Hospital.

He leaves behind his wife Temitayo, son Martin and daughter Divine.

Read more about Adekunle here...

Alec Charles Green | Age: 69, Tonbridge

Alec was born and and bred in Tonbridge, and was known by many in the local area. He would happily talk to anybody, and loved to socialise. A film and music obsessive, Alec owned more than 3000 DVDs, and even two or three copies of his favourites in case one broke.

He will be truly missed by his daughter Julia and seven grandchildren.

Ron Thompson | Age: 92, Whitstable

Ron Thompson was a devoted husband to Jean, Dad, Father-in-law, Grandad, Cousin, Uncle and a great friend to many. A keen business man and local golfer. Lived life in full to the end.

Stephen Knight | Age: 70, Folkestone

A loving husband, father, grandfather and brother, Stephen Knight sadly passed away on April 17 - what would have been his 70th birthday. A sports fan, he had particular skill in golf and had run several London Marathons. A Met policeman, he was a member of the famous Flying Squad and headed a specialist surveillance unit. He was awarded the Queen's Police Medal alongside several other commendations.


Age: 73, Higham


Age: 73, Sittingbourne




Age: 72, Gillingham


Age: 68, Bromley

Alan Beadle | Age: 73, Higham

A loving husband, Dad and Grandad sadly passed on 7th April after battling the virus. He was a kind hearted man who had so much love to give to all those who knew him. Known locally as the man with the spaniel, he would talk to anyone who would listen whilst out walking the dog.

He became ill on 23rd March. After 9 days in intensive care, his body couldn't fight anymore and his life support was turned off. Taken far too soon. Sleep tight Alan, love you always. Your loving family

Patricia Holman | Age: 73, Sittingbourne

Mum Patricia Holman baker age 73 from Sittingbourne died Friday the 18th after going into hospital with a fractured hip and caught this horrible virus so sadly missed and wished we could of said goodbye.

Margaret Ansted | Canterbury

The Canterbury & District Netball League are mourning the loss of their founding member. Margaret Ansted, who set up the league with her husband Don in 1977, passed away at the weekend.

Read more about Margaret here...

Bill Stone | Age: 72, Gillingham

In Loving Memory Of Our Dear Billy our loving Husband, Dad, Grandad, Son, Brother, friend Taken too soon and forever missed Loved by so many proud member and secretary of RENEGADE MC MEDWAY will be missed by his brothers and the community Ride Free.

Barbara Sage | Age: 68, Bromley

Marie Curie nurse and grandmother Barbara Sage passed away after catching coronavirus after spending more than 40 years looking after the terminally ill. The 68-year-old worked as a senior healthcare assistant for the charity in Bromley and died on Easter Sunday. Ms Sage's daughter, Donna, said: "My mum was dedicated to caring for people. She loved life, her family, her grandchildren and she loved her job.”

Read more about Barbara here...


Age: 41, Dartford




Age: 92, Dartford


Age: 61, Gravesend


Age: 72

Krishnasamy Chiyamalan | Age: 41, Dartford

Tributes have been paid to a shopkeeper who passed away from coronavirus. Krishnasamy Chiyamalan, 41, had been the owner of Templeton News in Temple Hill Square in Dartford.

The 41-year-old away passed away at his home on Saturday, April 4, leaving behind his wife Gopika, and their two children aged three and seven months.

Read more about Krishnasamy here...

Vivek Sharma

Tributes have been paid to a "hugely regarded" occupational therapist who has died with coronavirus. Vivek Sharma had been working for Medway Community Healthcare when he tested positive for Covid-19.

Read more about Vivek here...

Joan Hilda | Age: 92, Dartford

Joan Hilda Smith Age 92 Dartford A much loved mother who sadly passed away at Darent Valley Hospital on 7th April. She was a strong independent lady, who brought up her family of four on her own. She worked hard throughout her life, initially to support her family and eventually enjoyed a full and active social life, with many friends and hobbies. She took great pride in her family, and also in her own appearance.She lived in the same house in Dartford for over 64 years, and loved her house and garden. She had lived in a care home for the past 4 years after her health deteriorated. Despite frequent bouts of ill health, her strong will and personality always pulled her through. It has taken a deadly virus to take our mum from this world. She leaves behind a very close family of 4 children and their partners, 7 grandchildren and partners, plus 8 great grandchildren. She also leaves a younger sister. We owe everything that we have all achieved to our dear mum. God bless you. RIP.

William cox | Age: 61, Gravesend

William cox, age 61, from Gravesend , KENT. Was taken Ill on the 7th March, the 16th taken to hospital with breathing problems. On the 19th we were informed that he had covid 19 And would have to be sedated and put on a ventilator. After a long battle and no visitors william past away on the 30th March. Leaving behind his wife and two children. It breaks our heart that we didn’t get to say goodbye.

Doreen Rumsey | Age: 72

Doreen Rumsey (formerly Bradshaw) aged 72 died from COVID-19 after having a temperature and an upset tummy, she tested positive for the virus, our mum then recovered and was sitting up, eating and talking, the virus came back with a vengeance, she developed breathing problems overnight and the following morning passed away - she leaves 3 children, 8 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren - reunited with Teresa and Christine


Age: 78, Chatham


Herne Bay


Age: 87, Maidstone


Age: 69, Tonbridge


Age: 78, Maidstone

Raymond Mitchell | Age: 78, Chatham

Raymond Mitchell, from Chatham, was admitted to hospital after he slipped on his kitchen floor at home in Renown Road on Saturday, March 14.

Unfortunately, Mr Mitchell - who also suffered from heart problems and was "extremely frail" - then developed an infection and was put on IV antibiotics. Three days later, he started displaying symptoms of Covid-19 and pneumonia. Swab tests were taken and the results came back as positive.

Mr Mitchell's condition sadly deteriorated as the week progressed until the decision was made to put him on end of life care on Tuesday, March 31. He passed away peacefully the same day.

Read more about Raymond here...

Harry Holt | Herne Bay

Originally from Newcastle, one of six.. He was a well respected man who worked on the railways for most of his life and was well known in his local town of Herne Bay where he lived for 40 years. Father of three with nine Grandchildren, seventeen grandchildren and one Great great grandchild. He loved to perform in an local amateur dramatic group, a mason and was known for always looking exceedingly smart. He had Diarrhea and a constant temperature for ten days and after paramedics visited and said he wouldn’t be taken to hospital, he died alone in a care home on 10th April. The home were so kind to him and did their best with other residents having passed and others very unwell. Our family is devastated as no-one could visit him and he deserved the love and respect of his family with him during his final hours. He had dementia but was otherwise well. The funeral will be quiet with only two of us there, other family members will be sitting in the car park watching on a webcam.

Bryan Prince | Age: 87, Maidstone

Bryan Prince who lived in Maidstone (originally from Sheffield) lost his battle with Covid-19 on 8th April 2020 after 2 weeks in hospital. He will be dearly missed by wife Betty and Daughters Karen and Julie. He was a very proud Grandad to Jess, Josh, Matt and Alex and Great Gramps to Finley and Evie - who will all miss him terribly. We are all absolutely devastated to have lost him especially in these circumstances.

We all love you so much. We hope you can rest now.

‘In life we loved you dearly, in death we love you still. In our hearts you hold a place that no one ever will’ Xxx

Patricia Howell | Age: 69, Tonbridge

Patricia Howell aged 69 from Tonbridge passed away on March 18th 2020 after contracting COVID 19 at Tunbridge Wells hospital. Wife, Mother and Nan laid to rest April 9th at Tunbridge Wells crematorium.

Doreen Martin | Age: 78, Maidstone

Doreen Martin had been living at Pilgrims Way nursing home in Maidstone. The 78-year-old passed away on Tuesday, March 31. She was a mother-of-three and was married to Robert for 40 years before he died in 1992. She lived in Cambridgeshire for most of her life, but moved down to Kent to be closer to her son Stephen. Working as a petrol station manager for many years, Mrs Martin also loved gardening and painting watercolours. Stephen said: "She was a very independent person and creative too. We were always close when I lived up in Cambridgeshire, but we grew closer when she moved down here."

Read more about Doreen here...


Age: 95, Tunbridge Wells


Age: 68, Tunbridge Wells

John William

Age: 82, West Kingsdown


Age: 76, Strood


Age: 75, Strood

Frank Davis | Age: 95, Tunbridge Wells

Frank Davis was chairman of Tonbridge Angels during the 1980s and had been part of the board of directors who secured the move to the club's present home at Longmead Stadium. Mr Davis, who was 95 years old and a resident at the Birkin Lodge Care Home in Tunbridge Wells, died on April 6 after contracting coronavirus. Angels director Jim Rowe paid tribute saying: "Our thoughts at this sad time are very much with his family, members of whom are living in West Malling and the USA. It is important that we never forget what people like Frank achieved in keeping our club alive, and that in these difficult times we also do all we can to ensure the Angels flag continues to fly over the town for decades to come."

Read more about Frank here...

Jonathan Smethurst | Age: 68, Tunbridge Wells

Jonathan had physical and mental disabilities and lived in Tunbridge Wells. He’d had a minor stroke and was in full recovery. He then contracted Covid19/CoronaVirus and shortly after died in Maidstone Hospital. Jonathan was my much loved brother in law...a loved brother to my husband Hugh and his brother Patrick, a son to Elisabeth and Geoffrey, , and uncle to Adam, Tom, Henrietta, Claudia, Mikhail, Charmaine and Natalie. He was kind, a gentle soul who I cared greatly about. It was difficult to get him to smile, but bringing him Jammie Dodgers always did the trick! Besides being an amazing wood craftsman, he never asked for anything...his humble heart always reminded me to be content with the simplicity of life...to cherish the love I have all around me..to notice the tree’s, birds...things most of us take for granted. Jonathan will be very missed and never forgotten.

John William Martin | Age: 82, West Kingsdown

Mr Martin tested positive and sadly passed away four days later on April 10. John served his country and was the best role model, dad and grandad to us all. We are heartbroken we couldn’t be with him but are so thankful to the wonderful NHS nurses and doctors who stayed with him the whole time. We are determined to give him the send off he deserves once this nightmare is over. You will always be in our memories and our hearts. Fly high and send our love to Nan/Mum.

Terry Dray | Age: 76, Strood

Dad, Grandad and husband. Cruelly taken by this horrible virus on Good Friday. Words cannot describe the care and help which he gave to everyone he came into contact with. Gone to live with the angels but watching over his wife, son, daughter in law and two beautiful grand children to keep them all safe. Looked after wonderfully by the nurses in the high dependency ward at Medway Hospital.

Bernard Lister | Age: 75, Strood

Bernard died in hospital in the early hours of 2nd April after a short battle with the virus. He will be missed greatly by his family, friends and acquaintances within the bowling community. As husband, father and grandfather he is leaving a hole in our hearts and an empty chair where he always sat. He was a man of simple pleasures: a coffee lover, who enjoyed tinkering with computer bits and travelling all over the UK and Europe in his motorhome. He had a quirky character which we will all miss. We cannot fault the outstanding care and compassion of the Medway Health Care professionals from MedOCC, ambulance crew and the hospital staff, but despite their best efforts he unfortunately succumbed to this terrible virus. Rest in peace from your loving granddaughter Nicola and all the family xxx


Age: 73, Minster, Thanet


Age 66, Margate


Age: 80, Sittingbourne

Joy Dorothy

Age: 84, Medway


Age: 70, Maidstone

Glenn Reynolds | Maidstone

Glenn Reynolds from Maidstone Kent died peacefully on 7th April, his life cut short because of this horrible virus. His whole family and friends will miss him so much, he was such a lovely man who had time for everyone.

He has left behind his wife of over 30 years, a daughter, two sons, two step children and 6 grandchildren. The day before he passed away his wife Karen was by his side holding his hand, he was giving her hand a little squeeze and responding to her voice. Daughter Kelly says "my dad was just the best, always there for me whenever I needed him, I am going to miss him so so much"

Bernie Watler | Age: 73, Minster, Thanet

Bernie was a devoted husband, dad, grandad and great-grandad. A patient, generous and skilled man who worked hard for his family. He loved village life in Minster. He always wore his trademark cap. Bernie set up his glass blowing business, Glass Forming in 1987 and his rare skills resulted in him building up a customer base across the globe. He was a much-valued member of the Minster Show committee and over the years happily gave his time and energy to many local clubs and organizations. Bernie was a real family man and loved nothing more than a family get together, usually at the British Legion in Minster. He led a happy and contented life and despite the challenges that life threw at him he always remained positive and optimistic. He will leave a gaping hole in our lives but he made the world a better place and his spirit will live on.

Robert Ridgard | Age: 66, Margate

Robert Ridgard, from Margate and known as Bob, was 66 when he passed away at the QEQM hospital on March 31. The father-of four, who had five grandchildren, had been rushed to hospital by ambulance on Mothers' Day after his wife Sylvia was unable to rouse him at their Margate home. Mr Ridgard spent 10 days in intensive care on a ventilator after testing positive for Covid-19, but sadly never regained consciousness. His daughter Kerry Head, 36, from Margate, says they were unable to see him in hospital, but that the "amazing" staff made sure he wasn't alone during his final days. "They were absolutely brilliant," she said.

Sylvia Akhurst | Age: 80, Sittingbourne

Sylvia had her life cut short due to the virus the evening of the 4th April, after a short stay in hospital upon falling unwell. She had recently celebrated her 80th birthday with close family and friends. She leaves behind a son, 54, and four grandchildren, 28, 26, 23 and 15. She was the life and soul of the community and known for her generous spirit and positive attitude. The loss of her will be felt by many and will leave a huge hole in her family.

Joy Dorothy Mason | Medway

Joy Dorothy mason aged 84 years totally devoted mum to Keith and Jacqueline, Nanny Joy to her 7 wonderful grandchildren and there loving partners and a very proud and loving great nanny to her one great grandchild Phoebe who was her world xx
We are all totally devastated, after a hospital stay she was ready to return home when she presented with covid -19 symptoms on 24/3/20. With us all unable to be with her in her last few days and only able to talk on her phone, this made the situation even more unbearable! She showed such was the total selfless devotion as a mum and nan, because at the end she made us all promise not to come to the hospital to put ourselves at risk. She was one in a million . The bravest person we know and will never ever replace her but we all can strive to be just like her. You were our world Mum, NJ, Nanny and we love you.


Age: 83, Ashford


Age: 68, Herne Bay


Age: 83, St Mary's Platt





Ian Gardiner | Age: 83, Ashford

Ian Gardiner was described by family as a 'proud, smart gentleman who had been in the Scots Guards and police force. He was born in Dunbar, Scotland and had two children from his first marriage. He enjoyed playing golf, current affairs, cars and history.

His surviving family includes step-daughter SIobhan and granddaughter, Star.

Mr Gardiner died in the Warren Lodge Bupa home, and his loving wife was prevented from seeing him for two weeks because of his symptoms. His family said: We are all so very sad that we never got the goodbye that we wanted to give you."

Read more about Ian here...

Jim Bubb | Age: 68, Herne Bay

Jim Bubb, who was much-loved in Herne Bay where he lived for 40 years, spent two weeks in hospital before passing away. The 68-year-old was known for his passion for Herne Bay Football Club and was also a father and grandfather. His daughter Nikki Purcell, who is 20 weeks pregnant, said: "He loved my son, Ethan. You’d always see them down the seafront together sharing ice creams and playing. She added: “My mum died when I was five and my sister, Jolanta, was nine. He always put us first and he worked really, really hard to support us.” Following a serious fall, Jim, who had Parkinson's, spent about eight weeks in Margate’s QEQM Hospital. But just three days after being discharged he was readmitted with suspected coronavirus symptoms. Ms Purcell added: “He didn’t get better and they put him on end-of-life care. His body was so weak with everything else that he just couldn’t fight it."

Shirley Brown | Age: 83, St Mary's Platt

Shirley Brown's children were left in anguish after they were unable to hold their mum’s hand as she lay in hospital dying. Known to everyone as Debbie, the 83-year-old was looking forward to a family holiday in Cyprus, theatre trips with friends, and spending time with her grandchildren. The grandmother-of-six had underlying health conditions and so had taken precautions, only going out when essential. However, in March she developed a headache and a cough and a few days later was finding it very hard to breath. So her daughter, Kelly Strong, called an ambulance but sadly, she passed away while in hospital. She was the second person in Kent to die from Covid-19. Ms Strong said: “I think it’s the cruelty of it all. In normal circumstances you can go and sit with your relative. When our father died we were able to be with him. She has been robbed of her life and watching her grandchildren grow up.”

Adeola Onasanya | Sittingbourne

A well-known Sittingbourne shopkeeper, Adeola Onasanya is suspected to have died after contracting Covid-19. Flowers have been laid outside Deola Food Store in North Street, Milton Regis, where it is believed he worked. In a Facebook message posted on behalf of Mr Onasanya's cousin, Kola Ka Adesina, he says the virus is hitting home "closer and harder". It reads: "I am crying, shouting and bawling. I just lost my cousin Adeola Onasanya to this dreadful disease. Please people, save yourselves, stay indoors. May his soul rest in peace." Cllr Tony Winckless (Lab) is urging people to be "very careful" and to self-isolate if they have any signs of the illness, after learning of this very sad news.

Richard Bass | Tonbridge

An admired photographer, Richard Bass captured the life and energy of people at weddings, shows, preschools and more. The Tonbridge father-of-two has been described as "an absolute gentleman and brilliant photographer" who was "forever smiling and always with his camera." A snapper for Mandy Ellen Performing Arts (MEPA) in Maidstone for many years, Mr Bass made a lasting impression on the students he worked with, one being Emily Louise Brown. She said: "It's so sad to hear that such a kind and lovely man has sadly passed awayRichard captured so many memories and incredible photos during my dancing journey. You really will be missed Richard." Another former student, Ben Brooker, added: "Let this man's and many other’s permanent absence be a lesson and reminder that the coronavirus is by no means a joke and should be treated with the utmost of care."


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Tim Mountford | Age: 57, Margate

Tim Mountford - a man who had dedicated his time to helping and entertaining others - died three weeks after contracting the deadly infection. The 57-year-old was one of the Garden Gate Project founders - a garden scheme to help those with mental or physical issues, and was described as "a true friend to many". He was also a stalwart of the East Kent Cyclocross group and a 'jazzhead' presenter on Deal Radio, where he was known as Tim Edwards. An engineering designer by profession, he was a single man with no children. His family live in Rome and California. Manager of the Garden Gate Project Paul Boyce said: "He had a great rapport with all our attendees and would help them with hospital appointments, DIY in their homes, replying to letters and any other personal support they needed. He did it all in a very unassuming way, always playing down the help he gave people."

Dave White | Age: 44, Dartford

Dave White was his wife Claire's childhood sweetheart - the pair met at school in Derbyshire, when Claire was 15 and Dave was 16. He was also a father to eight-year-old Megan. The supermarket store manager had been working long hours the week before he fell ill, and after spending the weekend in bed with sickness and diarrhoea, he was rushed to Darent Valley Hospital. Dave died the following morning. His wife and daughter hadn’t been able to travel to the hospital to see him, where he was placed in a coma on arrival. Claire said: "It’s been so awful – not being able to see family and friends, waiting for a death certificate, knowing we can’t have a proper funeral. My husband died – along with many others – working flat out to help others."

Aimee O'Rourke | Age: 39, Margate

Aimee was the first nurse in the UK to die of the virus, and leaves behind three daughters. The 39-year-old worked in the acute medical unit at QEQM hospital in Margate and colleagues have described her as an amazing nurse and someone who fought for what was right. After Aimee began showing symptoms, her condition deteriorated and she was taken into intensive care and put on a ventilator. Her family willed her to wake up before she sadly died. In a touching tribute, her daughter Megan, 18, said: "Look at all the lives you looked after and all the families you comforted when patients passed away." She added: "One day when I have children of my own I will tell your grandchildren about their GG (glamorous gran), every single day. I could go on all day long and have so many things to say but I have to be strong. Night night mummy."

George Beaney | Age: 72, Sittingbourne

Bapchild Fruit Stall owner, George Beaney, passed away after spending nearly a month at Medway Maritime Hospital. Mr Beaney, who was originally admitted for an ulcer on his foot, had his leg amputated before contracting Covid-19. It is thought the condition left the 72-year-old susceptible to a chest infection. The father-of-three, who had 17 grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren, set up the fruit stall 20 years ago. It is now run by his son, John Beaney. Paying tribute to her husband, Carol Beaney said: "George was a one-off character who will never be replaced. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and brother and will sadly be missed."

Carole Foster | Age: 77, Walderslade

Carole Foster's daughter was allowed to go and see her mother before she passed away - but this didn't make it any less painful. The 77-year-old had been living in a care home in Rochester where staff called an ambulance after she began suffering with Covid-19 symptoms. Her daughter, Tracey Bonfield, said: "By 4pm she went into a coma and I agreed to no ventilator because of her age. I held her hand, I stroked her hair. To see someone in that state coughing and gasping for breath, it's awful. I was one of the lucky ones, I got to see my mum." Ms Foster previously worked in the kitchen of the same care home she had been staying at, and was a mother to Ms Bonfield and her brother, from who she also had step-grandchildren. Ms Bonfield added: "My mum was the most lovely woman in the world; if she could do you a favour, she would."

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