A rotary club has paid tribute to a "well loved" member who died after losing his fight with coronavirus.

Matthew Minors, 44, died in Watford General Hospital on Sunday after testing positive for Covid-19.

Mr Minors had been on a ventilator for about 10 days before passing away.

He was a member of the Berkhamsted Rotary Club, who described him as a "super guy".

Known for being a community stalwart, the club said Mr Minors got involved in many events and enjoyed being part of community life.

Following his passing, the club said it will "miss him greatly".

In a statement, the club said: "It is with really heavy hearts that Berkhamsted Rotary have to tell you that Matthew sadly passed away in Watford hospital on the night of Sunday 29th March. He had been on a ventilator for about 10 days and had Covid 19.

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Matthew Minors has been described as a "super guy" (photo Berkhamsted Rotary Club)

"Matthew was involved in all aspects of community life in the town. He was in Berkhamsted Round Table where he cut his teeth on the Fireworks and Santa's Sleigh and helped at a great many of the Lions events in the town as well as numerous other organisations and events.

"Matthew loved the Sleigh and indeed, without him, the sleigh will simply not be the same."

The club added that Mr Minors "loved Rotary" and was a Paul Harris Fellow – the highest award a club can give to a member.

The club continued: "Matthew loved and was heavily involved in amateur theatre, helping at the Court Theatre and numerous other venues, and had been involved with the Pepper Show and Foundation since 1991.

"Matthew was simply a super guy, well loved, always willing to help and always with a smile on his face. We shall all miss him greatly.

"Our thoughts are with his parents Mandy and Richard and his two brothers, Alex and Charles."

Tributes have also been paid this week to Kelly Dunning, 48, from Croxley Green, who also died at Watford General Hospital at the weekend after he was diagnosed with Covid-19 just over a week before.

Mr Dunning was described as having a "heart of gold".

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His brother Bradley Dunning said: "If you looked at him with his skinhead and tattoos, some people would have been scared, but as soon as you talk to him you could not escape his affection. He treated everybody with the upmost respect."

As of Monday, March 30, 339 people across Hertfordshire have tested positive for coronavirus.

Across the UK 22,141 people have tested positive for Covid-19 and 1,408 people have died from the virus, according to Public Health England.