Family’s heart-breaking tribute to Stoke-on-Trent NHS hero dad who lost his life fighting coronavirus on the frontline


The family of a Stoke-on-Trent nurse have paid a heart-breaking tribute after he lost his life fighting coronavirus on the frontline.

Dad-of-three Patrick McManus – known as Paddy – died at the Royal Stoke University Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit after falling ill ill with Covid-19.

According to his brother Martin, the 60-year-old,  who suffered from multiple sclerosis, had caught the virus while looking after patients at Stafford’s County Hospital.

He leaves behind his loving partner Lena and sons Kevin, Adrian and Stephen, as well as his five grandchildren.

In a tribute, his sons said: “Our dad contracted this cruel virus while working on the frontline doing what he’s done for 40 years, caring and looking after others.

“He was a man who stood up for what believed in and fought for others.

“He was a proud man who loved ‘his boys’, his grandchildren and all his family very much.

“I know there’s a lot of people out there who cared about dad a lot so the three of us thought we should post something.”

Tributes have been paid to nurse Patrick McManus

Patrick’s son Kevin added: “He was very funny, extremely hard-working, proud to work for the NHS. He had very strong morals.

“He loved his five grandchildren and very much also and spoilt them at every opportunity. He was very loving to Lena his partner also, from Stoke-on-Trent.

“It has been overwhelming the response to our Facebook post on Sunday. It makes the whole family extremely proud. It shows what he meant to a lot of people.”

Patrick, who originally hailed from Strabane in Northern Ireland, had worked at the North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary before transferring to Stafford’s County Hospital around 10 years ago.

His devastated brother Martin McManus also spoke of the loss following Patrick’s death on Sunday (April 19).

Patrick McManus with his partner Lena Vincent

He said: “Very sorry to inform you all about the death of my brother Pat.

“He passed away at 12.55am from Covid-19 that he contracted from a patient at the hospital where he worked.”

Details of Patrick’s funeral are yet to be released.

In a touching tribute, UHNM chief executive Tracy Bullock said yesterday: “We are deeply saddened to confirm that a member of staff has passed away due to COVID-19.

“Patrick McManus was an extremely well-liked and valued member of the nursing team at County Hospital, Stafford.

Caption info: County Hospital nurse Paddy McManus who sadly died of coronavirus at Royal Stoke - The 60-year-old Stoke-on-Trent resident is pictured on a night out with work colleagues (who do not wish to be named)
County Hospital nurse Paddy McManus who sadly died of coronavirus at Royal Stoke – The Stoke-on-Trent resident is pictured on a night out with work colleagues

“He had been a nurse for more than 40 years and had worked at North Staffordshire Royal Infirmary prior to working in Stafford, where he had been for about 10 years.

“He was a loveable character and brought kindness and compassion to all his patients which was acknowledged by the number of compliments and thank you messages he received.

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“He was an exceptional leader and took staff and students under his wing. His big Irish personality will be sorely missed by his friends and colleagues at UHNM.

“Our deepest sympathies are with his family at this very sad time and we thank him for his many years of invaluable service to the Trust, to his colleagues and to the patients and families he served.”





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