Dad with coronavirus dies in hospital alone as entire family forced to self-isolate

Jim Moy’s wife Mary was unable to visit her dying husband because she was shielding from coronavirus (Image: Grimsby Live)

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A heartbroken son has urged everyone to take coronavirus seriously after his dad died in hospital "with nobody there" due to all his family shielding or self-isolating.

Jim Moy, 89, died of coronavirus in Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital on Saturday. He had been admitted a week earlier after experiencing breathing difficulties.

Jim's son, Michel, 65, a former oil industry engineer, told Grimsby Live : "It is heartbreaking, particularly for mum, as she wanted to be with him in hospital.

"What cracks us up is we could not say goodbye."

The devastated family described how they were informed that former Nunsthorpe and Humberston councillor Mr Moy only had a few minutes to live, but they were unable to get through to him for a last goodbye.

The last memory they have of Mr Moy is him saying "I'm not too bad" when asked how he was via video chat on the morning of the same day he died.

Mr Moy died alone of Covid-19 a week after being admitted to hospital with breathing difficulties
(Image: Grimsby Live)

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Now Jim's wife Mary, 92, a former teacher at St Mary's School, Whitgift and Tollbar schools and their daughter Simone, 57, also a former teacher, have tested positive for coronavirus too.

Jim and Mary had always been shielding since the pandemic.

Michel said: "I am so heartbroken that my dad has just become a statistic to this virus – he must not just become a number.

"This reinforces the absolute need for everyone to maintain discipline and keep a social distance."

Jim Moy, with his family Michel, great grandson Thomas and grandson, Jamie
(Image: submitted by Moy family)

All of Jim's family had tested negative earlier in the month.

Michel says he has "no idea" where his parents may have contracted the virus but it may have been "either from a can of food or from post.

"We haven't got a clue because both mum and dad were shielding.

"I can't understand how my dad caught this coronavirus.

"The only time he has been out was for a PET scan at Castlehill hospital about three weeks ago. I suppose there is a chance that he contracted there. I took him there and we only stayed for a few hours.

"I tested negative though after we got my Dad's result."

He added: "We have no idea how we are going to be able to organise a funeral because everyone is having to self-isolate and Simone is looking after mum.

"She can't be at a funeral until she is negative. His grandson and great-grandson are in Scotland so they can't travel to a funeral. Everyone is in tears because we can't do anything.

"It is a nightmare."

Jim and Mary Moy on their wedding day
(Image: submitted by Moy family)

Michel praised staff at the Princess of Wales Hospital for the support they gave his dad, saying he "would be the first to thank the hospital staff for all they did.

"We got a call on Saturday to say he only had minutes to live. But we could not get through to talk to him.

"We could not go to visit at Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital. He was there with nobody there. We kept trying to ring up.

"Thankfully we were able to do a video call in the morning just four hours before and our last words were "How are you feeling? And he just said '"Not too bad'" That is how stoic he was."

Mr Moy was a schoolboy "runner" during World War Two, taking messages from look out posts on Nunsthorpe ARP posts and gun batteries.

His grieving family are cherishing the moment he met his wife Mary while he worked in the Merchant Navy and was part of a delegation to the Seychelles, in the Indian ocean in 1952.

The British were in the Seychelles as they sought to set up a fisheries industry as part of a Common Wealth Development programme.

There was "nobody there" with Mr Moy when he died at the Diana, Princess of Wales hospital on Saturday
(Image: Grimsby Telegraph/MEN Media)

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"My father and his friend had hired bicycles to ride around the island. They were riding downhill, my mother and her sister were riding uphill," Michel said.

"My dad turned around to look at my mother and he fell off his bicycle.

"My mother stopped to see if he was alright. You could literally say he fell for my mother. The rest is history."

Mr Moy was the first Liberal councillor for Nunsthorpe in 30 years before being re-elected to Grimsby Borough Council. He then became a Humberston councillor.

Michel added: "Dad was always up for a fight in debating terms. He was very gregarious and very friendly.

Jim Moy with his grandson Jamie and great grandson, Thomas
(Image: submitted by Moy family)

"He was in the Merchant Navy and had an estate agency on Ladysmith Road for a while and finally he joined Grimsby College as the student liaison officer for overseas students.

"Our home was like the United Nations because he was always bringing the students home and we cooked meals together.

"He was a British Council representative for a while and we always got Christmas cards from all around the world because they all remembered dad," told his son.

"Dad always wanted to do well by his family. He was forever trying to better himself.

"He was very knowledgeable about local history. He knew the names of everyone who died in a big bombing raid on Grimsby in the war. He also loved growing flowers at their Seaford Road home. People often stopped to take photos."

He is survived by his wife Mary, son Michel, daughters Simone and Marie, grandson Jamie and great grandson Thomas.

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