THE funeral of a well-liked homeless man in Hayes Town who died of natural causes will be held next Thursday (9).
John Dickinson was taken to hospital on the afternoon of December 11 suffering from chest pains. Staff at Jenny's Burgers in East Avenue, visited regularly by Mr Dickinson, called the ambulance.
He was rushed to Hillingdon Hospital, but doctors could not revive him. It is believed that he was 52.
Hillingdon Council have arranged the funeral after unsuccessful attempts to trace relatives or a will in his name, and the service will be held at Breakspear Crematorium, in Breakspear Road, Ruislip, next Thursday (February 9) at 10.15am.
More than £400 has been collected from residents for a commemorative bench, and talks are ongong with the council about where this could be placed.
David Brough, of the Hayes Town Partnership, will be composing the tribute for the minister taking the service, and he wants more personal accounts from people who knew him.
Mr Dickinson, a tall man with a big white beard, lived in the town for more than a decade and was a well-known figure. He has been described as a 'gentle giant' who was known for his acts of kindness and generosity.
Accounts from people who remember him indicate that he previously lived in Yeading and attended Barnhill Community School with his younger sister, Frances. He also spoke to friends about having family in Canada.
If you would like to tell your story about Mr Dickinson, or donate to the bench fund, visit the Hayes One Stop, at 49-51 Station Road, Hayes.
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