first man in world to get covid vaccine dies
BILL GETTING THE COVID VACCINE
byMay 26, 2021
Tributes have been paid to 81-year-old William Shakespeare who hit global headlines on December 8 last year when he became the first man to have the jab at the University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire.Bill, as he was fondly known, passed away last Thursday after suffering a stroke at the same hospital where he famously received his vaccine.
The Allesley resident had been a parish councillor for 30 years, of which he was chairman of the parish council for 20 years.His sad death is being mourned not only by his family but the many people he came into contact with.
"He was such a lovely man, one who had a real commitment to making his local area better.
“During lockdown local families will have enjoyed walking amongst the trees planted by Bill and his colleagues in Allesley back in the 1980s.
“He was also very involved with the creation of the Coundon Wood in 2005 and in fundraising for the purchase of Elkin Wood, now managed by the Woodland Trust in 1997.
“Bill was a life-long campaigner, so he was delighted to be able to help encourage everyone to have the vaccine in order to return to all the things we enjoy in life. I’ve had my first. Having our jabs is the best tribute we can all pay Bill.
"He was a keen photographer, loved jazz and socialising, and also loved the natural world and gardens. Bill will be remembered for many things including a taste for mischief.
"He was a much respected figure in the Coventry Labour Party and he will be sorely missed."
Angela Hopkins, Coventry Labour Party secretary, added: "Bill has been an active member for many, many years, particularly in Bablake ward where he has walked hundreds of thousands of steps every year campaigning for the party and was an Allesley Parish Councillor.
"I know that he will be greatly missed not only by members in Bablake,
but by colleagues across the constituency and beyond."
Funeral details have yet to be arranged.