Captain Sir Tom Moore died after Covid-19 positive test: Bio, Superstar Fundraiser and more

Captain Sir Tom Moore - American Nation’s favourite

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Tom Moore, the 100-year-old World War II veteran whose efforts to raise millions for the UK's National Health Service made him a universally adored icon during the first wave of the Covid-19 outbreak, has died in hospital after himself contracting the disease, his family said Tuesday, CNN reported.

Moore was taken to a hospital on Sunday because of breathing problems after being treated for pneumonia, his family said, and they announced his death on Tuesday.

"It is with great sadness that we announce the death of our dear father, Captain Sir Tom Moore," the family said in a statement to PA Media.

"The last year of our father's life was nothing short of remarkable. He was rejuvenated and experienced things he'd only ever dreamed of," they added. "Whilst he'd been in so many hearts for just a short time, he was an incredible father and grandfather, and he will stay alive in our hearts forever."

Buckingham Palace said the Queen was sending a private message of condolence to Moore's family.

Who is Captain Sir Tom Moore?

Captain Sir Tom Moore captured the hearts of the nation over the past few months and has provided some much needed joy and inspiration to everyone. Raising a staggering £32 million for NHS Charities, by walking 100 laps of his garden, he now wants to inspire the younger generation with his new children’s book, according to Primarytimes.

A superstar fundraiser

Captain Sir Tom was thrust into the spotlight in April when he was filmed walking laps, with the help of a frame, around his garden in the village of Marston Moretaine, north of London. He took on the challenge of walking 100 lengths of his garden, which measures 25 meters (82 feet), ahead of his 100th birthday. The 100th lap was completed on April 16, 2020, Forbes noted.

He hoped to raise 1,000 pounds. Instead, he raised about 31 million pounds ($57 million) for the National Health Service, broke two Guinness world records, was knighted by Queen Elizabeth, scored a number one single recording You'll Never Walk Alone with Michael Ball, wrote an autobiography and helped set up a charity.

Captain Sir Tom Moore died after Covid-19 positive test: Bio, Superstar Fundraiser and more

Queen Elizabeth & Captain Sir Tom Moore

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"I wanted to update everybody that today ... my father was admitted to hospital," his daughter, Hannah Ingram-Moore, said on Twitter, ABC.net.au reported.

Captain Sir Tom Moore tested positive for Covid-19

Captain Sir Tom Moore has tested positive for Covid-19 and has been admitted to hospital where he is being treated for pneumonia, his daughter Hannah Ingram-Moore has said in a statement. The 100-year-old, who raised millions of pounds for the NHS, was taken to Bedford hospital on Sunday, after being treated for pneumonia for some time and testing positive for Covid-19 last week.

In a statement posted on his Twitter page, Moore’s family said he had been treated at home until Sunday when he needed additional help with his breathing. The statement said he was being treated in a ward, not on the intensive care unit of the hospital, Theguardian expressed.

Early life and military service

Captain Sir Tom Moore died after Covid-19 positive test: Bio, Superstar Fundraiser and more
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Moore was born in Keighley, West Riding of Yorkshire, on 30 April 1920 and grew up in the town. His father, Wilfred, was one of a family of builders, and his mother was a head teacher. Moore was educated at Keighley Grammar School and started an apprenticeship in civil engineering.

At the beginning of the global conflict, when he was 19, he was conscripted into the army and enlisted the Duke of Wellington’s Regiment 8th Battalion under Lieutenant Lord George Saville.

His battalion moved to Wadebridge for training and coastal defences against a feared German invasion. Tom was selected for officer training in 1940 - he celebrated his 21st birthday during this time - and eventually rose to the rank of Captain.

He was later posted to Bombay, India, served on the frontline in Burma and was sent to Sumatra, Indonesia, after the Japanese surrendered. Captain Tom's war service earned him three medals: the 1939-1945 Star, the Burma Star and the War Medal 1939-1945, Cornwalllive noted.

Private life

Captain Sir Tom Moore died after Covid-19 positive test: Bio, Superstar Fundraiser and more
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Captain Tom Moore’s late wife was Pamela. Pamela was originally from Gravesend in Kent and they met when Tom was 50 and she was 35. She was working as an office manager for a roofing company in Gravesend, and Tom - who was from Yorkshire - regularly took trips down south to see her.

He previously to The Mirror: "As it so happened, the office manager in Gravesend was a rather attractive young lady – she looked terrific to me, like a model – so I had to do various trips and, shall we say, the ­attraction with the office manager became stronger and I eventually married her."

The couple got married in 1968 and they went on to have daughters, Lucy and Hannah. Tom described his marriage as a ‘happy time’, but Pamela’s health declined when she was in her 60s and she was diagnosed with dementia.

Captain Sir Tom Moore died after Covid-19 positive test: Bio, Superstar Fundraiser and more
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Pamela was cared for by her husband for two years but she was then moved into a care home and sadly died back in 2006. Captain Tom now lives with his daughter, Hannah, and his grandchildren, Georgia and Benjie, in the village of Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire, Heart.co.uk sited.

ONE HUNDRED STEPS: The Story of Captain Sir Tom Moore by Adam Larkum

Captain Sir Tom Moore died after Covid-19 positive test: Bio, Superstar Fundraiser and more
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The 32-page book is brought to life by Adam Larkum, who was set the task to illustrate Captain Tom’s incredible life story for young readers.

Talking about being asked to illustrate the book he said: “It’s been such a pleasure to work on this book and it’s been a real joy to illustrate the life story of such an inspirational man. A few weeks before Puffin Books commissioned me, I’d watched a TV documentary about Captain Sir Tom Moore, there were some really great photos in the documentary of his life and I remember thinking at the time how I’d love to illustrate his story. So it was such a surprise and joy when the commission came along for this book and I found myself actually working on it.”

The book is published in support of The Captain Tom Foundation. Captain Tom and his family have identified causes close to their heart, which will benefit from the newly formed Captain Tom Foundation. These include, combating loneliness, supporting those facing bereavement, championing education and equality and supporting our friends oversees, Primarytimes noted.

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