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‘Age is not a barrier’: Readers’ tributes to Captain Sir Tom Moore | Coronavirus

Captain Sir Tom Moore, who died aged 100 after testing positive for Covid-19, inspired many people in the UK and around the world. Readers of The Guardian share their thoughts on what it meant to them.

‘He gave me hope of a bright future for the world’

Captain Tom’s selfless and inspiring acts to raise money for the NHS touched me deeply. That a man can give so much and inspire so many people, without any expectation of reward, is amazing to me. To have lost this good man to the very disease he was working so hard to eradicate is an irony so painful that it defies description. I never met Captain Tom, of course, and I’m poorer for it, but he inspired me and set a good example for the world to look up to. There are many people in senior leadership positions who would do well to study their example and strive to reach even an iota of their stature.

I live in the United States, but my daughter lives in the United Kingdom and is a healthcare professional working in an NHS hospital. Captain Tom lifted my spirits and gave me hope during the dark days of this terrible pandemic. He also illustrated that while there are many selfish and selfish people in this world, there are also people who are simply good to the core and his example gave me hope for a bright future for the world. Terry, Washington, United States

‘He crossed the Atlantic Ocean for me’

Captain Tom helped me get through divorce, lockdown, and despair. He reminded me of my dear deceased father and I am so sad to see him go. Every morning he checked how he was doing; He not only walked 100 times in his daughter’s garden; crossed the Atlantic Ocean for me. Thanks, Captain Tom. You’re lost. Chris, retired from North Berwick, Scotland, but living in the US.

A painting of Captain Sir Tom Moore by George Alexander, 65, Redcar, North Yorkshire.
A painting of Captain Sir Tom Moore by George Alexander, 65, Redcar, North Yorkshire.

‘He reminded me of my grandfather’

My great-grandfather Tommy was a World War I veteran in many key battles. How he got home was beyond all who knew and knew him. Captain Tom reminded me of Grandpa Tommy: stoic, warm, measured, focused, and kind. Everything worth doing and being. Thank my Lord. It brought some light into a very dark time. Chris, 51, Managing Director, West Midlands

‘Age is not a barrier to doing what we set out to do’

I have a 97 year old father who would empathize with Sir Tom’s character and his efforts and ideas about giving. Sadly, Dad isn’t as clear-minded as Sir Tom was, but that’s where he is today. He would share that wonderful gift of giving with Sir Tom and he was also in WWII in the Burma campaign. I just want to say that Sir Tom Moore is the best reminder of all that is good not just in the UK, but in our world. If we ever need a hero, it is in this moment of so much loss and pain.

Thank you from us, a family, with young children, grandchildren, we need a hero like you, Sir Tom, and for us ‘grown-ups’ we also need to know that age is not a barrier to doing what we set out to do. Thank you, too, for giving me courage and a greater vision beyond myself. There is so much strength in the extraordinary ordinary. Health. Winifred B, 67, psychotherapist, Surrey

‘The word hero is often overused and misused, but not here’

While politicians everywhere, with few exceptions, said little and did even less, one man stood his ground. He usurped them all with simple action and absolute focus. Hero is often an overused and wrong word, but not here, not right now. Thank you, Sir Tom, you showed the way. My deepest condolences to his family. Jeremy, 62, self-employed, Bordeaux, France

‘It turned a simple movement of walking into an explosion of positive inspirational activity’

Overall, I think the nation is in mourning for a true British national hero. His modesty and enthusiastic personality was a bright light in the confinement while we were confined to our homes. He turned his confinement into inspiration just by walking, so simple but nevertheless it changed lives, probably saved many and gave us all the boost we needed. We only knew him for a year, but it was an honor and I thank his family for sharing it with us. We will remember him as a 99-year-old man who turned a simple movement of walking into an explosion of inspiring positive activity that helped heal the nation’s negativity. I hope the story honors his memory. Davina Kylassum, 43, practitioner of exploitation and missing children and youth, Edgware

‘May we all live our lives in such an admirable way’

Captain Sir Tom was, truly, the best of humanity. He endured difficulties and exhibited humility. All respect for him, his family and the complicated country he served as a young man and as an experienced man. May we all live our lives in such an admirable way. When we get through this, mine and I will raise another glass for the hero who fought against fascists and viruses. LG Godwin, 48, Associate Professor of Theater History, Grandview Island, Virginia, USA

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