AURORA, Colo. (CBS4) – Kevin Lyster speaks to his only son every day, despite the fact that Cody Lyster died of COVID-19 complications almost a year ago.
“I tell him I love him, I tell him I miss him, I tell him I hope he is proud of what we did,” Lyster said.
He and his wife Lea Ann recently agreed to talk about their son, who passed away in April 2020.
“There are still good days and bad days,” Lyster said. “The tears still come.”
When he died at the age of 21, Cody Lyster became one of the most recent COVID deaths in Colorado.
His father was the first to be infected with the virus and hospitalized. Now he says he initially thought the pandemic was exaggerated.
“I will say it. I was a denier. Like many people, we didn’t know what was coming, ”Lyster said. “I didn’t think this was going to be a big deal at the time. There are people who say, “It won’t affect me.” I said that a year ago. “
Now the Lysters are urging others to continue wearing masks and take other precautions to prevent the virus from spreading.
“He just left such a big hole,” said his mother Lea Ann.
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She said the family made it last year thanks to a good support group made up of family, friends, and co-workers. But the tears still come quickly and in abundance as she remembers her only son.
“They mourn every day,” she says.
You remember a son who loved baseball, enjoyed helping others, loved his grandmother, and was always ready to help young children achieve their goals. Cody looked forward to following in his father’s footsteps into a career in law enforcement.
“He was a great kid. It’s a huge loss to us and the entire community, ”said Kevin.
In February, Kevin Lyster said he was cleaning a room in his house when he found an old Father’s Day card from his son.
“Always remember, I love you and I am glad to call you my father,” wrote Cody. He signed with “Your Darling and Only Son”.