Covid-19: One year on-remembering Barclay Mason

General / Tue 14th Dec 2021 at 10:14am

PRINCESS Alexandra Hospital (PAH) nurse Barclay Mason died a year ago today on December 14th, 2020.

We would just like Barclay’s family know that we will never forget him.

We have re-published the tributes made to Barclay as well as the film of Barclay’s funeral procession when it passed through PAH.


TRIBUTES have been made for a nurse at Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow who has died.

Lance McCarthy, chief executive, at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT), said;

“It is with great sadness that I confirm the death of Barclay Mason, 56, a member of our emergency department team who will be remembered for his commitment to patient care, his kindness and as a valued friend and colleague to many at the Princess Alexandra Hospital.

“Barclay has been a senior charge nurse at the hospital for over 20 years and his loss will be felt by the many colleagues from across PAHT and the East of England ambulance service who worked with him.

“Barclay had been recently cared for by the PAHT team for COVID-19.

“Our thoughts are with Barclay’s family, friends and colleagues at this sad time.”

The family of Barclay Mason have also issued a statement.

Family statement: Barclay Mason

A family spokesperson said:

“The sadness we feel is more than words can express. The most amazing man in our life, father to our children, has died.”  Originally from New Zealand Barclay had worked a nurse for the NHS for many years.  He leaves behind committed colleagues and friends who are shocked but who continue to go to work every day with compassion and care for their patients, just as Barclay did.”

“Colleagues and friends from the PAH Emergency Department and East of England Ambulance Service will hold a special place in our hearts as they were Barclay’s UK family.

“Barclay was originally from New Zealand and we would like to share this Maori blessing,

Scattered by the wind

Cleansed by the rain

Uplifted by the sun

All doubts are

Lifted away

All restraints are cast off

Fly free, o spirit

Fly to the realms of the heavens

Uplifted by the sun

All doubts are

Lifted away

All restraints are cast off.

“We ask that our privacy is respected as we grieve together. We will not be releasing any other statements”.


FUNERAL procession for Harlow nurse Barclay Mason made a special stop inside Princess Alexandra Hospital on Tuesday morning.

New Zealander Barclay was a senior charge nurse when he died of Covid-19 last month.

The hearse stopped outside the Accident and Emergency Department where hundreds had gathered to pay their respects.

When it stopped a Maori in traditional dress, delivered a powerful address.

After that, Rev Alison Taylor of Potter Street Baptist Church called for a minutes silence and then delivered a prayer.

Afterwards, a funeral took place at Parndon which was hosted on line by Daniel Robinsons.

Through a fantastic fundraising effort, Barclay’s body will be re-patriated back to his native New Zealand.

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1 Comment for Covid-19: One year on-remembering Barclay Mason:

David Forman
2021-12-24 21:15:41

Please remember the PAH A&E staff this Christmas and New Year. Perhaps consider taking them some chocolate, cakes or biscuits as a thank you for their dedication during a period of stress with COVID-19 likely to surge after the holidays.

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