Grandad, 96, dies from coronavirus was ‘excited to go home’

A 96-year-old grandad who told his family he was "looking forward to coming home" from hospital died after contracting coronavirus.

Alan Taylor, from Culcheth, near Warrington, died on Friday, April 3 at Warrington Hospital after telling family that he was feeling better and excited to come home just the day before.

Alan was a retired engineer and was the former managing director of numerous engineering companies.

His heartbroken family have paid tribute him as a caring grandfather, reports Cheshire Live.

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Grandson Paul Taylor said: “We’ll remember him as a wonderful man that was giving, caring and always wanted to make sure that his family were okay.

“He was calling everyone on the Thursday when he seemed to be getting better and was looking forward to coming home. It was such a shame when Covid-19 caught up with him the morning after.

“The whole family is very thankful for the caring team at Warrington Hospital in the various wards he visited during his stay there, especially those that were with him at the end in ward A7.”

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Alan founded Taylor Industrial Estate Ltd, which became Taylor Business Park Ltd, and was formerly involved with F Taylor & Sons (Liverpool) Ltd and F Taylor & Sons (Manchester) Ltd.

Hydracranes, Jumbo cranes and various special vehicles, which were all generally hydraulically operated, were manufactured in the firm’s Salford premises. They were the first of their kind and sold around the world.

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F Taylor & Sons (Manchester) Ltd sold the business to Coles Cranes of Sunderland in February 1959. The business was sold on an asset basis only, but the Albion Mill in Glazebury formed part of the sale.

The Taylor family’s company, Lathom Engineering Company Ltd, was then housed on this site producing exhaust silencers for many of the motor manufacturers and trade outlets, while new buildings were built on the site to be leased out.

Due to current circumstances there will be a solitary cremation, with a memorial service to take place at some time in the future to celebrate Alan’s life.