A FAMILY has been left heartbroken after a dad and daughter died of coronavirus just days apart from each other.
Tributes have been paid to David Whincup, 79, and his daughter Joanne Rennison, 52, after both of them contracted a fatal case of Covid-19.
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The pair lived together in Cottingham, East Yorks, along with Margaret – David's wife and Jo's mum – and Jo's daughter Alice.
Both of them were well known for their good works around the area and had held positions at the Red Cross.
Granddad-of-three David’s charity work raised thousands of pounds for deserving causes in the county and in Hull.
He was described as "full of life, fun and love for his family" – also being a former officer with Humberside Police.
His grandchildren have now set up a JustGiving page in his and Jo's memories to raise money for the Hull, Beverley Borough and Holderness Branch of the MS Society.
Jo was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis when she was 30 and the MS Society had always been an important charity for the family.
The family have smashed their initial target of £500 in no time and are now pushing towards £4,000.
David's funeral took place on Monday – just days after his daughter's – at Haltemprice Crematorium.
It was attended by close family only but many others followed the proceedings online, reports Hull Live.
Stuart Hickson, a police colleague of David’s, said: “I know that in normal circumstances this building would have been full because David touched so many lives.”
Former Brexit minister David Davis MP paid tribute to David, who served as vice-president and chairman of Haltemprice and Howden Conservative Association.
The MP said: "David was the kindest, most thoughtful, and utterly decent man I have ever had the privilege to meet.
"He had a fantastic commitment to selfless public service. We shall all miss him greatly."
David and Margaret had three daughters, Vicki, Jo and Al, three grandchildren, Alex, Alice and Frankie, and a son-in-law, Paul.
Vicki and Al said they admired their dad who always had a smile, was full of energy, life, fun and love.
The family has been left devastated by the virus, but said they are grateful for the time spent with their dad and sister Jo.
David and Jo were directors of Educare Nursery in Beverley which they launched as a family business to help look after 150 children.
Nursery director Vicki Morris said: "David was tremendously committed to the nursery, striving to develop facilities, resources and a positive and safe environment for the children.
“He was incredibly proud of the nursery and all its achievements, always making sure staff were recognised for their hard work and dedication."
She added: “He will be deeply missed but the nursery will continue with all the plans which he developed with myself and our incredibly dedicated and amazing team.”
The dad and daughter are just two of the latest tragic victims of the coronavirus, with the pandemic's UK death toll expected to rise again today and possibly become the highest in Europe.
It comes as questions remain over when to lift the lockdown, with one fifth of Brits believing it is too soon to ease measures, according to a poll.