He was best known for his smile and his red Moto Guzzi Galletto motorbike but Giuseppe Berardelli - Archpriest of San Giovanni Battista, in Casnigo, Italy - will be remembered for giving up his respirator so that someone younger could live.
It's a story that's made headlines around the world and been shared on social media as an example of living out the teachings of Jesus.
The names of 51 diocesan priests who passed away after contracting coronavirus were published by the Avvenire newspaper on Sunday.
Over 6,000 people have at the time of writing, lost his life due to corona virus in Italy. According to reports, as his condition worsened, Berardelli was to be put on a ventilator, but refused to use it, saying a younger patient could use it.
"He was always cheerful and full of enthusiasm, he gave peace and joy to our communities. There have not been any respirators coming from outside of the hospital", Fr. Giulio Dellavite, secretary general of Berardelli's diocese, told CNA Tuesday. The hospital neither confirmed nor denied whether the priest actually donated his respirator.
He was one of at least 60 priests who died in Italy this month as the European nation was the epicenter of the deadly pandemic, according to the Catholic News Agency. The youngest priest to die was Fr. Paolo Camminati, who died in the hospital on March 21 at age 53, the outlet reported.
"I received the news that in these days, a number of doctors and priests have died".
She added, "He does not leave us alone, from up there he watches over us and continues to run through the clouds with his motorcycle, who knows how many projects he is doing up there, also for us". Sixteen of them are within the province of Bergamo, which has been harshly hit by the illness.
"Don Giuseppe Berardelli, patron of those who suffer from coronavirus and all who care for them, pray for us!"