Remembering the lives lost in Derbyshire during the pandemic

More than 100,000 people have now sadly lost their lives in the UK during the coronavirus pandemic.

Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 1:20 pm
Updated Wednesday, 27th January 2021, 2:02 pm
After Tuesday's grim milestone was reached, Prime Minister Boris Johnson said it was 'hard to compute the sorrow contained in this grim statistic'.

On Tuesday, a further 1,631 coronavirus deaths were recorded, taking the total number of people who had died within 28 days of a positive test to 100,162.

The total number of deaths registered across Derbyshire county and Derby city where Covid-19 was mentioned on the death certificate currently stands at 1,979 – leaving many thousands of families, friends and people in our communities bereaved.

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Sheila Wilmot died at Chesterfield Royal Hospital on March 29 after spending five days battling the virus. Family described the 64-year-old, of Lowgates, as having a 'massive heart'. They said she was the 'glue' which held them together.

Since the pandemic was declared in March last year, several families have chosen to speak to the Derbyshire Times to pay tribute to relatives who have passed away – and in this article we remember them.

We know there are many more not featured here and our thoughts are with every single person who has lost a loved one during the pandemic.

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Mavis Blood, 74, of Staveley, died at Chesterfield Royal Hospital on April 7. Family said she was 'taken too soon' by coronavirus and described her as 'kind', 'generous' and a 'superhero', adding: "There was never a dull moment with you around."

In these confusing and worrying times, local journalism is more vital than ever. Thanks to everyone who helps us ask the questions that matter by taking out a subscription at or buying a paper. We stand together. Nancy Fielder, editor.

Joan Higham died at Chesterfield Royal Hospital on April 9 after testing positive for Covid-19. Family remembered the 95-year-old - who lived in Chesterfield for around 10 years - as a 'strong' woman. She loved her dog Lilly.
After her husband Gordon (pictured) died, Joan Higham completed many charity endeavours in his memory.
Robert Wilmot lost a short battle with Covid-19 and died at Chesterfield Royal Hospital at the age of 68 on April 13. Family said: "He had a good sense of humour and an unmistakable laugh."
Devoted Spireite Robert Wilmot became famous for wearing a kilt to Chesterfield FC's biggest games. The picture shows Robert, of Chesterfield, in his kilt.
Coronavirus took the life of Barbara Hallam at Chesterfield Royal Hospital on October 30. Family described the 74-year-old as 'outgoing and bubbly' and 'much younger at heart and in her mind'.
Barbara Hallam was well-known in her community of Barlborough as a former pub landlady and pharmacist.
Family said Michael Burton, 54, of Chesterfield, tragically took his own life as he was struggling during the first lockdown. He was remembered as 'generous, warm-hearted, supportive and an intelligent conversationalist who was always full of energy and enthusiasm'.
Rebecca Brooks, of Chesterfield, was 'ignored' by health officials during the first lockdown and sadly took her own life aged 34, her family said. They described her as a 'beautiful young woman'.