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Former Montreal Expos great Andre Dawson has seen the impact coronavirus can have on families. While Dawson hasn’t been personally affected, his job as a mortician has put him face-to-face with the virus.
Dawson, 65, spoke to the Associated Press about his job, saying families are being devastated by coronavirus-related deaths.
“It's very sad,” he said. “It's very sad. Because people mourn and grieve differently, and they're not getting through that process as they would under normal circumstances. You see a lot of hurt and pain.”
Dawson — who won an MVP with the Chicago Cubs in 1987 and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2010 — has been in the mortician business for quite some time now. Dawson’s brother owns a funeral home, and Dawson invests in the business. Dawson’s wife, Vanessa, is the office manager at the funeral home.
It’s not the first time that revelation has come to light. Bob Nightengale of USA Today spoke with Dawson about his new job in 2018. Some of Dawson’s former opponents were shocked to learn Dawson was working at a funeral home.
Dawson told the AP his funeral home, Paradise Memorial, has encountered six coronavirus deaths. While Dawson said the entire situation was “stressful,” he added that this is what he signed up for when he decided to become a mortician.
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