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Centenarian Capt. Sir Tom dies, hailed as an inspiration

#UnitedKingdom, February 3, 2021 – Captain Sir Tom Moore, the senior citizen who inspired the world with his heroic fundraiser and physical challenge of 100 laps in his garden by his 100th birthday, has died after testing positive for the coronavirus.

The WWII Veteran had pneumonia which his family says prevented him getting the vaccine. His family also said he did not catch COVID on the family’s vacation to Barbados. 

Capt Tom, who was knighted by the Queen in 2020 following his valiant effort, died on Tuesday February 2 at the age of 100.

UK PM, Boris Johnson in a globally televised message of condolences reminded that Capt Sir Tom raised £32 million to support the UK’s Natl Health Service during pandemic.  He has set out to do far less, but accomplished so much more. 

It gave birth to a string of activities which brought hope to Great Britain at one of the darkest times in its modern history.

Flags now fly at half-mast at Buckingham Palace; the Queen has tweeted her condolences and will contact the family privately, said media reports.

Capt Sir Tom, in December, visited Barbados in December, just as the UK was bracing for severe lockdowns for the Christmas holidays.

The timing of the trip was criticised by some; Capt Sir Tom appeared happy in photos from his Caribbean vacation and his family says the trip did not lead to a COVID infection.  

Popular personalities are crying ‘shame’ on the social media trolls criticising the trip. 

Captain Sir Thomas Moore, a former British Army officer and BBC Person of the Year in 2020 was 100 years and 278 days old when he passed away.

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