LONG BEACH (CBSLA) – The mother of Moncton Mayor Robert Garcia has died as a result of COVID-19.
Gaby O’Donnell was 61 years old. She and her husband Greg O’Donnell both tested positive earlier this month. He stays in the hospital and on a ventilator.
“It is with deep sadness that I announce that my mother, Gaby O’Donnell, has passed away due to complications from COVID-19. My brother and I are heartbroken, “Garcia said in a statement.
Garcia previously said his mother worked in a health clinic. On sharing the news of her death, he described her as “the nicest, most compassionate person we have ever known”.
“She immigrated from Peru to the USA in search of the American dream – and found it. She became a healthcare worker who throughout her career cared for thousands of patients and helped nurses and doctors whom she loved very much. She loved helping people and lived a happy and joyous life, “Garcia said in the statement.