Family members of COVID-19 victims reflect as Ontario reaches 10K deaths

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On Tuesday, Ontario hit a grim milestone with the number of reported COVID-19-related deaths in the province reaching 10,000. Granthshala News spoke with family members of some who have passed and are contemplating the loss of their loved ones.

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Sean Cunnington

In March 2020, Sean Cunnington was the second reported COVID-19 death in the province. Milton Mann was the father of three children and was fond of music.

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“He was one of the nice guys,” said Linda Watson, cousin of Cunnington’s wife.

“He was full of life. He used to tell dad jokes all the time. He was a musician and very talented.”

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Cunnington’s death was announced by Halton Region Public Health in March 2020. The department said he was admitted to Milton District Hospital as a patient on March 11. He was transferred to Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital on March 18 and died after arriving early in the day.

Twenty months after he passed away, Watson said he still couldn’t believe how quickly he became ill.

“He was fine one day and I think he got sick on March 4th and by the 18th he was gone – two weeks,” Watson said.

Arlene Reid

In April 2020, Arlene Reid also fell ill with COVID-19.

Reed, who was 51, worked as a personal aid worker in the Peel area.

Arlene Reid’s sister Marjorie Reid said, “She took passion in what she did.”

“Arlene loved every minute of it and she loved working with her clients. … She was the type who would put a smile on your face.

Reid was the second individual aid worker in Ontario to die of COVID-19.

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On April 16, 2020, the first publicly known death of a personal aid worker was confirmed in the province due to COVID-19. She was identified by her husband as Christine Mandgerian and worked in the Altamont Care Community near Port Union Road and Highway 401 in Toronto.

Paul Parkes

Paul Parks was a resident of Orchard Villa, a long-term care facility in the Durham area, when he died of COVID-19 and his daughter, Cathy Parks, said, over the past 20 months, he reflected on memories with his father. has done.

“Dad was the guy who used to come home from a long day at work and kick his shoes and sit on the floor and play with his kids,” she said.

“He was very fond of family and gardening.”

Long-term care facilities were severely affected by the pandemic.

According to the Ontario Ministry of Long-Term Care, there have been 3,824 deaths among residents and patients in long-term care homes in Ontario. Thirteen virus-related deaths have been reported among employees.

On Tuesday, Ontario reported three new COVID-19 related deaths as the number of fatalities in the province hit the tragic milestone of 10,000 since the start of the pandemic.

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“It’s actually 10,000 family and friends mourning the loss of someone and this goes a long way and changes many lives,” Parks said.

— With files from Don Mitchell, Jessica Patton and Gabby Rodrigues

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