Dad, 40, tragically dies of Covid leaving behind devastated kids aged 4, 7 and 10


A 40-year-old dad has died of Covid-19, leaving behind his three children aged four, seven and 10.

Brian Elsey was admitted to hospital with coronavirus on Christmas Eve and sadly passed away less than three weeks later.

Initially he thought he would just be given some oxygen, but he was then put on a ventilator.

A popular former rugby player and football fan, the Admiral employee had previously been fit and healthy, and a devoted father to Joshua, 10, James, seven, and Jessica, four.

His family was left in shock when he died on January 10 and the community raised more than £16,000 in just a few weeks to help them, Wales Online reports.

Brian with wife Nadia and children Joshua, James and Jessica
Brian with wife Nadia and children Joshua, James and Jessica

Brian’s former colleagues also kept in touch to offer any help.

Now Brian’s family have paid tribute to him, saying he was “always smiling”.

His sister Sian said: “Everyone who knew him said what a nice person he was. He was always happy, always smiling.

Siblings Mark, Sian, Brian, Laura and mum Lesley
Siblings Mark, Sian, Brian, Laura and mum Lesley

“He loved rugby and supported his football teams, Man United and Cardiff City.

“He played rugby for Llandaff North RFC, the youths and adult team but stopped once he had kids.

“We couldn’t do a big funeral but they did a big drive by and all the rugby boys went out on Station Road.

“They were all out on the pavement, socially distanced, clapping when the hearse went past.”

Known as BopBop to friends and family for both his dance moves and for “talking with his hands” after a drink, Brian was a proper family man.

After growing up in Fairwater he moved to Creigiau with his wife Nadia and Nadia’s parents but would often see siblings Sian, Mark and Laura and parents Lesley and Vincent.

Brian with his family
Brian with his family

When Sian married Brian’s best friend David, the group became even closer, with the family spending countless occasions together.

In a heartbreaking turn of events, Nadia’s father Raymond Fettah died with coronavirus only 18 days after Brian’s death, leaving Nadia and her mum with three young children.

Sian, 39, said: “Brian fell ill the week before Christmas. He went in Christmas Eve just thinking they would go in and give him a bit of oxygen or something. Christmas Day we had a phone call to say they were going to ventilate him as they wanted his body to recover and he died on the 10th.

“[The staff] were all amazing but it was such a weird time. You can’t visit and you’re relying on nurses and phoning nurses and them speaking to you to give you an update and they’re so incredibly busy. You are in a bit of a limbo land. Because he was on a ventilator he couldn’t text to say he was okay.

Brian was put on a ventilator after being admitted to hospital on Christmas Eve
Brian was put on a ventilator after being admitted to hospital on Christmas Eve

“My mum and Nadia got called in but by the time they got there he had gone.

“My husband said he’d never celebrate Christmas again now he’s lost his best friend. It will be a hard one for the next few years.”

Sian said she and her family will try to focus on the happy memories they shared with Brian, as well as prioritising his young family.

The money raised by the GoFundMe page will go towards his children’s future, she added.

As well as the financial support, comments on the fundraising page also pay tribute to Britain.

Comments describe him as a “true gentleman who always made everyone feel happy and welcomed” as well as “one of the good guys whose smile lit up a room”.

A “doting and loving father”, Brian will also be remembered as a “wonderfully loyal friend to all” known “for making everyone laugh with his quick wit.”

Source link


This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More