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Grandfather dies after showing Covid-19 symptoms

By Gurdip Thandi | Walsall | Coronavirus | Published:

Tributes have been paid to a community-spirited Walsall grandfather who died after showing coronavirus symptoms.

Walsall grandfather Abdul Razaq. PIC: Gurdip Thandi LDR

Abdul Razaq died on Tuesday aged 66 after being taken to hospital on Sunday with breathing difficulties.

Mr Razaq, who had two sons Nadim and Amar, has been described as a good man who cared deeply about the Chuckery community where he lived for decades.

Earlier this year, he and his family joined forces with ward councillors Waheed Rasab, Rose Martin and Gurmeet Singh Sohal to campaign for a one-way system along roads in the area.

They said the narrow streets had resulted in violent clashes between motorists who could not pass when travelling in opposite while the area also suffered from parking issues.

But the campaign, which included a petition, proved successful and the changes were to be implemented, which delighted Mr Razaq.

A funeral with just his closest family in attendance will take place and relatives and friends have been urged not to visit.

Councillor Rasab, who was a close friend of the family, said: “His death is just shocking and so heartbreaking. His family are in deep shock.

“He was a good, caring and dedicated family man and was a regular prayer at Central Mosque in Selbourne Street, Walsall.

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“He really cared about his community too and was looking forward to the one-way traffic system finally coming into effect in the Chuckery area. He is truly an irreplaceable loss to this community.

“My thoughts, prayers and sincere condolences go out to his family at this very difficult and extremely sad time.”

Councillor Rasab added: “Myself and my family are still in isolation. I urge everyone to follow the Government’s rules and to stay home and save lives.”

Gurdip Thandi

By Gurdip Thandi
@Gurdo

Local Democracy Reporter covering Walsall.

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