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Islington Boxing Club ‘legend’ dies after contracting coronavirus

Colin Webster, 75, described as a 'great father and grandfather' who always put children first

30 March, 2020 — By Calum Fraser

AN Islington Boxing Club “legend” has died after contracting coronavirus.

Family, friends and colleagues from boxing clubs around the country have paid tribute to Colin Webster who has been involved in the Islington Boxing Club for decades including a stint as vice president.

The 75-year-old died on Saturday in the ICU unit in Barnet General Hospital after he had been rushed there on Tuesday morning when he woke up struggling to breathe, his son Danny Oliver told the Tribune.

Mr Oliver said: “He was a great dad and he was a great grandad. My kids loved him. Growing up he was always there for me and my sister. We have had a good life having him as our dad.

“There was no grey area with him. He said it as it was. If he had an opinion about anything he would let you know.”

He added: “He was killed by the Covid-19 virus. He had a little bit of sickness, but no one really thought it was too bad. Then he woke up one morning last Tuesday and couldn’t breathe. We called an ambulance and was on life support until Saturday when they turned it off.

“We were not able to be with him, that’s the sad part about it. He was in a closed part of the hospital. So he was stuck on his own, which is the saddest part.

“Even my mum, she is on her own. I can’t even visit her.”

Tributes have poured in for Mr Webster on social media and his friends and family had a drink in his honour at 5pm yesterday (Sunday).

Mr Oliver said: “All the comments on social media, thousands and thousands of them, have helped us through this. He was a loved and respected man and we’re proud of him.”

Mr Webster got involved in Islington Boxing Club, in Hazelville Road, Upper Holloway, in the 80s, Reggie Hagland, a committee member of IBC, told the Tribune.

He added: “Colin was a big part of this club. We are gutted. When we had dinner shows or open shows he would be the one fundraising and going around the event with a bucket getting people to donate. He was brilliant, a legend, a really big character.

“His death has really shocked us all here.”

Mr Webster used to present the Colin Webster shield at IBC for the Junior Boxer of the Year.

Mr Webster was also heavily involved in the Finchley ABC boxing club where he trained youngsters, including his son Danny.

A statement from England Boxing Club said: “England Boxing has been saddened to hear of the passing of hugely-respected London boxing coach Colin Webster, a victim of the Coronavirus.”

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