An ambulance service answering machine has been labeled a “true gentleman” after Covid claimed his life.
Paul Teesdale, 64, who worked for the Welsh Ambulance Service, died overnight after testing positive for the virus on New Years Day.
The retired firefighter was a seasoned public sector employee who joined the ambulance service in 2012 after a 32-year career with the South Wales Fire Department.
Mr. Teesdale of Pontyclun, Rhondda Cynon Taf, is survived by his wife Tina and children Ruth and Nicky.
He is the second Welsh Ambulance Service colleague to die after testing positive for coronavirus.
Jason Killens, General Manager of the Welsh Ambulance Service, said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the death of Paul Teesdale, a popular and respected member of our organization who was very proud of his work.
“A straightforward speaker best known for his evil sense of humor, colleagues describe Paul as a“ true gentleman ”and the“ heart of the department ”as well as a script of all knowledge, especially for new employees.
“Losing one colleague to Covid-19 has been difficult, but losing two is devastating and it is difficult to find the right words to express how colleagues across the service feel when they hear this news.
“Paul’s loss will be painfully felt by everyone, and we extend our deep condolences and condolences to his family.
“We are now concentrating on supporting Paul’s family and loved ones during this difficult time.”
Huw Jakeway, Fire Chief of the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are extremely sad to have been informed of the death of retired security manager Paul Teesdale.
“After more than 32 years with the Mid Glamorgan Fire Department and the South Wales Fire Department, Paul was a professional operations manager and highly respected trainer in our service.
“Paul was committed to making positive life changes, and he was committed to public duty and helping others.
“The thoughts and condolences of everyone in the South Wales Fire and Rescue Service are with Paul’s loved ones, colleagues and friends at this tragic and extremely sad time.”