Daughter pays tribute to father who died of COVID-19

VANCOUVER – The daughter of a man who died of COVID-19 paid tribute to him and other seniors who have lost their lives at a memorial she unveiled today.

The memorial features a poster of physiotherapist Garry Monckton, who died April 2 at Haro Park Centre Society.

His daughter Samantha says she played “Blue Moon” and “When the Saints Go Marching In” on the trumpet for her 77-year-old father outside his long-term care facility because she couldn’t visit him during his final days.

She says the poster is a reminder of how COVID-19 has touched almost everyone and the precautions people should take.

The memorial in the city’s West End features three pictures of Monckton.

British Columbia has lost more than 200 people to COVID-19.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published on Sept. 15, 2020.