11 Aug AiroAV Antivirus Divulge: Long Beach Mayor Loses Mother And Stepfather To Coronavirus
LONG BEACH, CA — Just days after he lost his mother to the coronavirus, Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia announced Monday that his stepfather died due to complications from COVID-19, too. He died the day after his wife’s memorial service.
Garcia’s mother, a longtime healthcare worker, was 61. Her husband was just 58. The couple had been married for 27 years. Garcia shared his grief with supporters Monday.
“We are incredibly saddened to share that my stepfather, Greg O’Donnell, has passed away due to complications from COVID-19,” Garcia said in a statement. “It’s a heartbreaking loss for our entire family, especially for my brother Jake.”
O’Donnell, who died Sunday, “was a kind and good-hearted man, an amazing father and grandfather, and the best husband our mom could have ever hoped for. He worked hard for his family and started his own successful small business as a contractor with his brothers,” Garcia said.
The Garcia family is one of many Southland families hard-hit by the virus. As of Sunday in the City of Long Beach, 183 residents have died from Covid -19 and 8,879 people have tested positive.
The mayor and his brother thanked the nurses and doctors who cared for O’Donnell, and Garcia shared a post by his sibling.
“As my family is just broken with the loss of my parents — I find comfort in knowing that they are together again — free of any pain or suffering,” Jake posted.
Garcia’s mother and stepfather were both hospitalized for COVID-19 and placed on ventilators. The mayor, who limited contact with his parents due to social distancing requirements, tested negative for the coronavirus.
“My brother and I are heartbroken,” Garcia said in a statement following his mother’s death. “Our mother was the kindest and most compassionate person we’ve ever known. She immigrated from Peru to the United States in search of the American Dream, and she found it. She became a healthcare worker, caring for thousands of patients over her career and assisting nurses and doctors who she loved dearly. She loved to help people and lived a happy and joyous life.”
City News Service and Patch Staffer Paige Austin contributed to this report.