Captain Sir Tom Moore, who raised $57 million for Britain’s National Health Service during lockdown, has died from complications with COVID-19.
The WWII veteran made headlines in 2020 after walking 100 laps around his garden during the lead up to his one-hundredth birthday.
On January 31st, 2021, Moore was hospitalised with pneumonia. It was revealed that the centenarian had passed away overnight after testing positive for COVID-19 last week. He was surrounded by friends and loved ones, both in-person and virtually.
“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,” Hannah Ingram-Moore and Lucy Teixeira told the BBC, announcing their father’s passing.
Fans all over the world, celebrities, and world leaders have taken to Twitter to voice their condolences and appreciation for Moore and his Guinness World Record Breaking fundraiser, Walk With Tom.
RIP Captain Sir Tom Moore, 100.
A magnificent man.
A national hero.
In our darkest hour since WW2, he rallied
Britain with his resilience, courage and optimism.
Let us all heed his mantra in our own lives: ‘Tomorrow will be a good day.’ Thank you, Tom. pic.twitter.com/b0rZNfQfrI
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 2, 2021
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) February 2, 2021
Queen Elizabeth was among those who paid tribute, after knighting Moore in July 2020. Buckingham Palace tweeted that Her Majesty would send a private message of condolence to the hero’s family.
The Queen is sending a private message of condolence to the family of Captain Sir Tom Moore.
Her Majesty very much enjoyed meeting Captain Sir Tom and his family at Windsor last year. Her thoughts and those of the Royal Family are with them. pic.twitter.com/nl1krvoUlW
— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) February 2, 2021
Sir Captain Tom Moore demonstrated to the world that small steps can make a big difference. He will be missed.