'He was so full of fun': Son's tribute to Dudley family man who died after coronavirus fight

Tributes have been paid to a great-grandfather who has died after testing positive for coronavirus.

Glen Albert Saa has died after a short battle with COVID-19
Glen Albert Saa has died after a short battle with COVID-19

Glen Albert Saa passed away on March 26 at Dudley's Russells Hall Hospital at the age of 85 after contracting the virus.

His family has described their heartbreak at the unexpected death of Mr Saa who lived in Dudley.

They said many of the family could only say goodbye via video calls due to social gathering restrictions.

Mr Saa had lived in the town for 62 years, having moved to the UK in 1958 from Clarendon in Jamaica.

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He married his wife Briselee in 1959 and became the father to four children, as well as the grandfather of 15 and great-grandfather of 16 children.

He worked for automotive firm British Leyland Beans Industries in Tipton for 40 years, receiving a gold watch for his service.

Mr Saa was also a committed Christian, attending the Dudley Seventh Day Adventist church and, in his retirement, he enjoyed gardening, playing dominoes and watching cricket.

His son Jonathan paid tribute to his father, describing him as a great family man and the person to go to if anything needed fixing.

"He loved to be surrounded by his family, especially his many grandchildren, whom he loved very much," Jonathan said.

"My father was so full of fun and mischief and loved to play with the children, always sending them on their way from his house with what we called in our house ‘Grandad crisps and Nanny juice’.

"He could fix cars, washing machines, plumbing - he loved a good problem to solve.

"He was very well-respected by all who knew him and set the bar very high for subsequent generations of Saa men in how to be a man.

"My father was the King of his own little paradise in Dudley and that’s where I will always picture him, in his chair by the fire."

Mr Saa's funeral will take place on Tuesday, April 21, with only immediate family members permitted to attend.

If any friends or colleagues wish to pay their respects, Mr Saa will make his final journey from Pedmore Road at 11am.

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