UK: “Much loved” teacher, Nick Stone, dies of COVID-19 | #teacher | #children | #kids

Nick Stone, described by those who knew him as a “much-loved” and “dedicated” teacher, died from COVID on January 2.

Nick, 55, taught modern languages at City of Norwich School (CNS) for more than 30 years. His sister, Helen Pentelow, said her brother became unwell on December 13 and was taken to James Paget Hospital, Gorleston, on December 20. Diagnosed with COVID, he was admitted to intensive care and placed on a ventilator but died a few days later.

Helen described her brother as someone who “lived and breathed CNS.”

Tributes poured in. CNS head teacher Jo Philpott said staff, students and parents were “deeply saddened by the passing of a highly respected and much-loved teacher, colleague and friend.”

As the longest serving teacher at CNS, many took to social media to pass on their memories of Nick as a “wonderful teacher” with a “great sense of humour”.

Nick, who had diabetes, was doubled jabbed and waiting to get his booster when he was taken ill. It is reported that he had no obvious COVID symptoms but was initially stricken by what he thought was a stomach bug. Days later he was admitted to intensive care with COVID-19 and died in hospital soon after.

Nick Stone (Credit: family picture)

Helen said that the “day before he was put on a ventilator he was asking when he could go back to work. He was ringing us all from intensive care saying how wonderful the staff had been and was telling us he wanted to make a donation to the ward. He was so positive.

“He was double jabbed and planned on getting his booster but was already in hospital before the appointment.

“It happened so quickly. He had pneumonia, kidney failure, heart failure, a collapsed lung, the whole works.

“Anyone who thinks that this virus doesn’t exist just needs to look at the people who are dying. He had diabetes but he was double jabbed and was young and healthy.”

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