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‘The night before Dad went into hospital, he dreamed of the party he would have when the pandemic was over’

Joseph Lennon’s wife Maureen woke from a semi-coma to be informed her loving husband had died from Covid

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Joseph Lennon was one month away from his 85th birthday when he died

Joseph Lennon was one month away from his 85th birthday when he died

Joseph Lennon was one month away from his 85th birthday when he died

JOSEPH Lennon, an adored father-of-eight from Knock, Co Mayo, died in April 2020.

He was one month away from his 85th birthday.

His daughter, Antoinette, said: “If our dad were here today, he would have celebrated coming out the other side of Covid and a return to normality. The night before Dad went into hospital, he said he spent the night dreaming of the party he would have when the pandemic was over.

“He was not ready to say goodbye when Covid grabbed him. Losing someone any time is difficult. Losing someone during the pandemic added an extra layer to the grief.

“Covid stole our father's big send-off. It stole from us the opportunity to celebrate his life. It stole the comfort of our family, our friends, the shared stories, the laughs, the tears, the hugs.”

Antoinette added: “Dad died on April 11, 2020, less than one month after our country shut down for the first time.

“Our mum was taken to hospital first. Dad kissed his gentle and beautiful wife goodbye, fearing he may not see her again.

“Dad followed shortly after, where they both fought the deadly virus in different wards.

“She spent the following number of weeks in a semi-coma. She woke to find her loving and caring husband had gotten ill, died and was buried. Our Mum never got to say goodbye.

“Our parents were very well cared for by the fantastic nurses and doctors at Mayo General Hospital.

“Our funeral mass, that should have celebrated a wonderful life well lived, felt cold, hollow and empty.”

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