Covid UK: Somerset couple married for 56 years die seven hours apart


Childhood sweethearts in their 70s who were married for 56 years die from Covid just seven hours apart after battling virus in separate hospitals

  • Leigh, 77, and Cynthia Bryant, 75, died seven hours apart in separate hospitals
  • The great-grandparents from Somerset were struck down with Covid last month
  • Devastated relatives say the couple had been inseparable for 56 years

Childhood sweethearts who had been married for 56 years died seven hours apart after both catching Covid-19.

Leigh and Cynthia Bryant passed away 40 miles apart in separate hospitals.

Great-grandparents Leigh, 77, and Cynthia, 75, from Wellington, Somerset, were struck down with the virus last month.

Cynthia was taken to Musgrove Park Hospital, in Taunton on January 5, after testing positive for the disease.

Great-grandparents Leigh, 77, and Cynthia Bryant, 75, from Wellington, Somerset, died 40 miles apart in separate hospitals after being struck down by Covid

Leigh, a former Band Knife Operator, was then also admitted to the same hospital three days later after also falling ill with the coronavirus.

Leigh was later transferred to Southmead Hospital, in Bristol, after showing signs of improvement, but soon took a turn for the worse.

Their family was devastated when Cynthia died at 6.15pm on Friday, January 22, and her husband died at 1.15am the next day.

One of their two sons, Kevin, speaking after the funeral last week said: ‘Today I feel so empty, I think I’m in shock now. I’ve cried too much.

Devastated family members say the couple had been inseparable for 56 years before Cynthia was taken to Musgrove Park Hospital, in Taunton on January 5, after testing positive for coronavirus. Pictured: The couple on their wedding day

Devastated family members say the couple had been inseparable for 56 years before Cynthia was taken to Musgrove Park Hospital, in Taunton on January 5, after testing positive for coronavirus. Pictured: The couple on their wedding day 

Cynthia died at 6.15pm on Friday, January 22, and her husband died at 1.15am the next day

Cynthia died at 6.15pm on Friday, January 22, and her husband died at 1.15am the next day

‘We were going to say goodbye to mum – I was at least 10 steps from door of hospital when I had a phone call from Southmead saying dad was going the same way.

‘You can see what emotions were like – me and my brother were numb with it in shock.

‘The thing I’m not dealing with the best is that normally when one parent passes away you can go visit the parent left and revisit memories with them.

‘And then later on you may prepare yourself for them going as well.

‘But to have two taken in one go – they’ve been taken away so drastically and quick.’

Cynthia and Leigh met in their early teens and hadn’t been apart in 50 years before Cynthia was admitted into Musgrove.

One of their two sons, Kevin, said: 'We were going to say goodbye to mum - I was at least 10 steps from door of hospital when I had a phone call from Southmead saying dad was going the same way'

One of their two sons, Kevin, said: ‘We were going to say goodbye to mum – I was at least 10 steps from door of hospital when I had a phone call from Southmead saying dad was going the same way’

'We never saw this coming. They were very much switched-on grandparents who regularly attended football matches to watch their grandchildren play,' he added. Their funeral took place on Wednesday

‘We never saw this coming. They were very much switched-on grandparents who regularly attended football matches to watch their grandchildren play,’ he added. Their funeral took place on Wednesday 

Leigh played football for Wellington in his younger days but retired relatively early to bring up his family.

Kevin and his brother Darren also played football for Wellington – their parents following them home and away through rain or shine.

Kevin added: ‘We could not have had better parents. They were inseparable and went everywhere together.

‘They were lovely and role models. Their family was everything to them.

‘We never saw this coming. They were very much switched-on grandparents who regularly attended football matches to watch their grandchildren play.

‘I couldn’t even imagine how many miles they’ve travelled.’

Leigh and Cynthia’s funeral took place at Taunton Deane Crematorium last Wednesday.

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