Tributes to HSBC banker and father-of-two, 57, who died of coronavirus

Tributes to well-known HSBC banker and father-of-two who died of coronavirus at 57

  • Jonathan Rutter, 57, died at Harrogate District Hospital, Yorkshire, last week
  • He was a well-known banking director for HSBC with a wife and two children
  • It is not known if he had any existing medical conditions before contracting virus
  • Coronavirus symptoms: what are they and should you see a doctor?

Tributes have been paid to a banking director who died after contracting coronavirus.

Jonathan Rutter, 57, died at Harrogate District Hospital, North Yorkshire, last week.

Mr Rutter, from York, was HSBC’s relationship director for corporate banking in the north and was well-known in Yorkshire business circles.

He presented prizes at his local newspaper’s The Press Community Pride awards on several occasions and recognised the crucial role that businesses, large and small play in the economy of York and area and the UK as a whole.

He leaves a wife, Hillary, and two children, Jennifer and Benjamin.

Jonathan Rutter, 57, died at Harrogate District Hospital, North Yorkshire, from coronavirus last week

The family has said that, due to current circumstances, there will be a celebration of his life to take place at a later date.

Mr Rutter was also treasurer at Ripon Rugby Club and was a former governor of Ripon Grammar School.

In a statement, a Ripon Rugby Club spokesman said: ‘It is with great sadness that we have to announce the passing of our club treasurer and dear friend, Jonathan Rutter.

‘Jonathan was admitted to hospital with coronavirus symptoms late the week before last and unfortunately passed away on Monday March 23.

‘Our heartfelt and deepest sympathies go out to his family and friends.

Harrogate District Hospital, North Yorkshire, where Mr Rutter died from coronavirus last week

‘All our thoughts and prayers reach out to Hillary, Ben and Jennifer at this most difficult time and it is important that they know that the fantastic community that is Ripon Rugby Club is there for them, now and in the future.

‘Jonathan worked very hard for many years on the club’s executive committee and his outstanding participation is greatly appreciated by us all.

‘There will be a time for all of us to come together to celebrate Jonathan’s life and contribution to Ripon life.

‘Sadly that cannot be today, but when this terrible illness is defeated we will join together in remembrance and share our thoughts and memories.’

It is not known whether Mr Rutter, who was originally from Hull, East Yorkshire, had any underlying health conditions.

 

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