Captain Tom Moore, a 100-year-old British war veteran, was knighted for his work in raising almost $40 million for charity during the coronavirus p.ande.mic, has di.ed after testing positive for CO.VI.D-19. Moore had been treated at home until Sunday when he needed additional help with his breathing. Information released on behalf of his family revealed he tested positive for C.ovi.d-19 on 22 January after returning home from hospital, where he was d.iag.nosed with pne.umo.nia.
Moore had been receiving treatment for prost.ate and skin c.anc.er for the last five years but, with the help of his medical team, had made the decision not to have invasi.ve treatment.
He had not received a Co.vi.d-19 vaccine because of the medication he had been taking for p.neu.mo.nia.
His family announced his d.ea.th on Twitter, posting a picture of him behind his walker in a happy moment, ready for an adventure.
“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,” the family’s statement said. “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.’’
Queen Elizabeth II plans a private message of con.dolen.ce to the family, Buckingham Palace said.
“Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Capt. Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year,″ the palace said in a statement. “Her thoughts, and those of the Royal Family, are with them, recognizing the inspiration he provided for the whole nation and others across the world.”
Born in Keighley, West Yorkshire, on April 30, 1920, Moore completed an apprenticeship in civil engineering before being drafted into the army during the early months of World War II. After being selected for officer training, he rose to the rank of captain while serving in India, Burma and Sumatra.
After leaving the army in 1946, Moore went to work for the family construction firm. After that failed, he became a salesman and later a manager for building materials companies. When the concrete company he was working for was threatened with closure, Moore rounded up a group of investors and bought it, preserving 60 jobs.
Along the way, he divorced his first wife and fell in love with his employer’s office manager, Pamela. The couple married, had two daughters and eventually retired to Spain, but returned to England after Pamela became ill.
After his wife died in 2006, Moore moved to the village of Marston Moretaine in Bedfordshire to live with his younger daughter, Hannah, and her family.
The Army veteran, who uses a walker, set out to raise about $1,200 for those working on the front lines of the cor.onav.irus crisis by walking laps around an 82-foot loop in his Bedfordshire garden during the early stages of the p.ande.mic last April. He eventually raised more than $40 million for the country’s health service – and in the process became a national hero.
He now holds the Guinness World Record for the most money raised by an individual through a walk, according to the news organization.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said Moore provided the United Kingdom with “a beacon of light through the fog of co.ro.na.vi.rus.”
“Colonel Tom’s fantastic fundraising broke records [and] inspired the whole country,” Johnson said on Tuesday, according to the BBC. “On behalf of everyone who has been moved by his incredible story, I want to say a huge thank you. He’s a true national treasure.”