The son of a much-loved businessman who died from coronavirus says he cannot hug his mum because she is self isolating alone.
Ray Cargill, 68, was not tested for Covid-19, but his family think he died from the virus.
He had Type 2 diabetes, and started to feel unwell shortly after Mother’s Day.
Ray, from Bronham in Wiltshire, passed away on Saturday at home, with his wife and paramedics by his side.
His son Elliot was left devastated after his father died, and admitted it is hard not being able to visit mum Linda.
He told Gazette & Herald : “My dad was at the centre of all of our worlds. He was the person we all turned to for advice. He always had words of wisdom and he did so much for all of us.
“He loved us all being together for family occasions and always had stories to tell about everything.
“He and my mum had been married for 45 years. She had a hip replacement only a couple of weeks ago. We all feel so bad not being able to give her a hug. It is so difficult not being able to go to her to offer comfort at a time like this.
“We think he died of coronavirus but are waiting to hear for definite.”
Locals have paid tribute to Ray, who ran fruit and veg company Bromham Growers.
He was director of the company that announced in 2010 that they would supply fruit and vegetables to Waitrose.
His son Elliot is practice manager at Charlton Baker accountants in Devizes.
On Saturday their managing director Scott Sartin posted on Twitter to say: “All at Charlton Baker share our deepest sympathies to our practice director and family, whose father Ray Cargill passed away in the early hours of this morning, having been taken from us by the Coronavirus in such a short space of time.
“Ray was always interested in what we were doing as a business and was a backer of us in all possible ways. You will be greatly missed. RIP Ray.”
Mr Sartin added” “Ray was very healthy. He was an extremely popular man in Devizes.”