Coronavirus victim’s funeral livestreamed around the world after new rules stopped people attending in person


A CORONAVIRUS victim’s funeral was broadcast around the world.

Some 88 relatives from as far as Canada and Australia paid their respects to Laurence Quigley, 49, known as Paul, on the Zoom video app.

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Bank worker Laurence Quigley, 49, known as Paul, of Lewisham, died of Covid-19 on March 20, with his funeral livestreamed to family and friends
Relatives from as far afield as Canada and Australia paid their respects to Paul, on the Zoom video app

Under government rules, only close family can attend funerals and no mourners went to Paul’s cremation in Eltham, South East London, on Thursday.

Instead it was livestreamed and uploaded later to YouTube.

Bank worker Paul, of Lewisham, died of Covid-19 on March 20.

He had no health problems.

Brother Kevin, 54, said: “My mum and dad wanted to have some sort of service. I use Zoom a lot.

“The wi-fi went down about half an hour before the start. But thankfully it went really well in the end.”

WIDOW WATCHES HEARSE FROM WINDOW

Elsewhere widow Susan Cadogan, 73, had to watch her husband’s hearse pass by from her flat in Cardiff, Wales.

Peter, 75, died of cancer last month but Susan could not attend Tuesday’s funeral because she is at high risk.

She said: “They were very kind and it was quite beautiful.

“We wanted to give him a traditional send-off with friends and relatives talking about him and hugging each other after the service.

“But families can’t do that any more, although we can still have virtual hugs.”

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Widow Susan Cadogan, 73, had to watch her husband Peter’s hearse pass by from her flat in Cardiff, Wales, due to the restrictions[/caption]

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