Glenn Barrett had been at the Old Clee Club in Cleethorpes with friends before getting ill (Picture: Google Maps)
The family of an England fan who died with Covid-19 say his final words to nurses were a wish that he had been vaccinated.
Lincolnshire’s Glenn Barrett, 51, is thought to have been infected while watching the Three Lions play Croatia in a Euro 2020 match.
After enjoying the game from his home town in Cleethorpes, Grimsby, Glenn battled the virus for three weeks before he died with his mum at his side last Tuesday.
He had not been vaccinated, but his last words to nurses and doctors at the Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital were ‘I wish I had’, Grimsby Live reported.
Relatives paid tribute to him as a gentle giant, with the 6ft 3 volunteer caring for many friends.
They said he had been with a group of mates watching the game and it is understood that around seven people tested positive soon afterwards, including a man in his 20s who also found himself in intensive care.
The Old Clee Club closed for deep cleaning but it is believed those affected had also mixed in other places.
Glenn was hailed as a gentle giant and a very good cook
Neither Glenn nor his unnamed friend had taken up the chance to be vaccinated, even though Glenn had previously had his spleen removed.
Cousin Ken Meech saw Glenn as a ‘big brother’ and urged the public to get vaccinated.
‘If he had, he would still be with us today,’ Ken said.
‘I’m not a doom monger or someone who’s telling you what you should do or not do. After all we are suppose to live in a free world.
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‘But this is one of the saddest times of my life, losing my cousin, big Glenn Barrett, to Covid.’
He added: ‘Thankfully his friend is on the road to recovery and had no underlying issues but had two spells on the ward.
‘There are those who say that Glenn, if he had had the jabs, would still be with us today. Being around my family and friends we believe his chances were much better if he had.’
Ken continued: ‘He was very brave and fought to the end with Covid for three weeks and the strain on his heart was too much, eventually passing away at 8am last Tuesday July 13, 2021 with his mum by his side.
‘Glenn had his worries and reasons for not having the jabs but he had no spleen and no immune system to help fight any infections but he did say to the nurses before going into an induced coma he wished he had.
‘My family are struggling to come to terms with what has happened and unless you witness the tragic side of this, no one seems to care. We can’t even visit him at the funeral home because it’s a sealed coffin.’
His mum Lynn said: ‘He was a larger than life character and always enjoyed his food. He was a very good cook himself.’
A member of staff at The Old Clee Club said: ‘He was a very generous person.. When he won a raffle prize he handed it straight back so more money could be raised.’
A spokesman for the club said: ‘There were about seven positive cases.
‘They had all been out together and Glenn and the other lad often went out for meals.
‘They walked a lot together and Glenn went along to the football training. They weren’t just all together here.
‘As soon as it was confirmed the chairman took the decision to close down within a couple of hours.’
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