By Lucy Robinson
The 85-year-old man who died from coronavirus in Queensland yesterday after a trip aboard the infamous Ruby Princess cruise ship was an active and healthy man, his grieving family says.
Des William’s daughter-in-law Jacqui Blackburn said Mr Williams had the strength of a person a decade younger, spending his days gardening and with his beloved grandchildren.
“I wish they wouldn’t say he was elderly because he was nothing like that,” she wrote in a post on social media after his death in the Toowoomba hospital, west of Brisbane.
“He had a double-knee reconstruction a couple of years ago and came out with no pain whatsoever, and recovered like a champion.
“Now if that doesn’t show how strong he was I don’t know what does.”
The three deaths recorded in Queensland have all been from people who have disembarked from cruise ships.
Mr Williams and a woman who died in the Caboolture hospital on the weekend had both been on the Ruby Princess.
Garry Kirstenfeldt, 68, who also died in the Toowoomba hospital, late last month, had been onboard the Royal Caribbean.
Queensland Health director-general John Wakefield said yesterday that 71 Queenslanders had tested positive after travelling on the Ruby Princess cruise ship.
Another 25 Queenslanders are ill after being on the Ovation of the Seas cruise ship.
“Cruise ships — any arrangement which puts people in close contact with each other — this virus loves those environments,” he said.
There are 835 cases of COVID-19 in Queensland, including nine people in intensive care.
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