When Bacolod Councilor Elmer Sy, 66, tested positive for COVID-19 and was admitted at the Bacolod Adventist Medical Center on June 17, his family never expected that he would die.
Sy and his wife, Mary Glor, were admitted at the hospital after they tested positive for the virus along with a caregiver, their daughter Psyche Marie Sy said.
The councilor seemed okay in the beginning but his condition gradually worsened and he developed pneumonia. When he died on Friday, the doctors said it was due to cardiac arrest, she said.
Psyche said her father was a kidney patient undergoing dialysis twice a week and such patients are prone to pneumonia. He was planning to have a kidney transplant, she added.
They do not know where he was infected with COVID-19.
“The people of Bacolod should be very careful because COVID is no joke,” she said.
Her mother and the caregiver have since recovered and returned home.
Psyche said he father was cremated and no schedule for a wake or funeral has been set yet.
Bacolod public officials have described Sy as dedicated public servant who lived by his motto: “Less talk, more action”
Psyche said her father believed in less talk because he did not make his achievements or the help he gave others known, he just worked.
Even before he joined politics her father was already helping others , Psyche said.
He became a Bacolod councilor in 1998 and was on his sixth term at the time of his death, she said.
Sy was man who worked to improve the lives of people through various infrastructure projects, scholarships and by helping indigent patients in Bacolod, she said.
“My papa was simple, kind, generous and hardworking man, and a loving father,” Psyche said.*