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‘I’m still coming to terms with the shock,’ says wife following death of her husband of 53 years

Ten days after he started to feel unwell, Johnny Moran had passed away from Covid

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Johnny Moran died last December, aged 79

Johnny Moran died last December, aged 79

Johnny Moran died last December, aged 79

JOHNNY Moran of Drumraney, Co Westmeath, began feeling unwell just 10 days before Covid claimed his life on December 1, 2021. He was 79.

The father-of-four, and husband to Mary, had just returned home from a bus run for Moran’s Coach and Bus Hire.

The GAA stalwart was fully vaccinated, boosted, and diligent about washing his hands and sanitising.

He was extra cautious because he had received good news regarding an underlying condition, chronic lymphocytic leukaemia (CLL), which he had overcome.

“Johnny came in that day and said, ‘I don’t think I’m going to be able to drive for a while, I don’t feel well’,” said Mary, his wife of 53 years. “I thought it was a cold. He had CLL and was on a chemo tablet, but the doctors had told him everything was perfect.

“But seemingly the vaccination wasn’t as effective as it would be on a person who hadn’t got it.

“The doctor sent him for a PCR test and he proved positive.

“He got really sick. I knew he wasn’t right and he said to me, ‘I think I’m banjaxed’.

“We rang the ambulance and he was taken to Tullamore Hospital. The nurses were brilliant, I couldn’t have asked for better.”

She added: “We gave him a great send-off; the local club was brilliant. We brought the hearse to the pitch; people drove in and then up to the church.

“The footballers, from underage to old age like himself, stood in their blue jerseys, flags at half-mast. They gave him a big clap.

“I’m still coming to terms with the shock. I remember we’d be watching the news and all those poor people in hospital with nobody getting in near them.

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“I used to see tears running down Johnny’s face looking at that, he felt so sorry for them, not knowing that it was going to happen to him. I feel blessed that I got to bring him home.”


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