Tributes have flooded in for Jonathon Ellerington, who was a familiar sight in Hull city centre along with his pet Jack Russell, Teddy, after he was found dead on Saturday morning
Image: Sammi Ellerington)
A man who slept rough has died just days before Christmas.
Jonathon Ellerington was a familiar sight in Hull city centre along with his pet Jack Russell, Teddy.
The 41-year-old did not have a home to live in and could be regularly seen sitting outside a Costa in the town, Hull Daily Mail reported.
On Saturday morning he was found dead by the coffee shop.
For almost three hours an ambulance and four police vehicles were parked on the pavement outside the Costa following the tragic discovery.
Jonathon’s death is not being treated as suspicious.
Since his death, his dog has been taken in and looked after by members of his family.
Tributes have flooded in from across social media from friends, family and people who simply knew the duo having seen them around the city centre.
His brother, Mikie Ellerington, wrote: “It was my brother, we all loved him. He just couldn’t shake any bad habits that came his way.
“He was a kind person, loving and funny. Thank you for trying to help him and Teddy.”
A friend said: “Love you Jon you will always be in my heart. You will be extremely missed.
“The most kindest sweetest genuine man no matter what you had going on you always had a smile for us.
“Don’t ever forget that I’m so grateful for our friendship over the last ten years. Xxx”
Another person shared their tribute to Jon: “I’m so gutted about his death… passed him a few times and stroked his lovely dog. RIP gone too soon xxx”
“Condolences to the family, regularly chatted on my visits to town, so sad. RIP,” said a second person.
Another commented: “Absolutely heartbreaking That poor man and his dog will be so lost without him.
“What a cruel world we live in. RIP… Hope it’s a nicer place up there.”
One woman posted: “Give me the company of someone with a heart as rich as Jon’s any day over an individual of pretentious and narrow minded status who thinks that wealth makes them better than the next person.
“How can you judge someone for their reaction and coping mechanisms to pain or difficulty that you are privileged enough to may have never experienced or ever will.
“One thing I can say about the people of Hull over all is that they aren’t afraid to look out for each other and this is a prime example.
“Jon also told me about two ladies that would come down to see him from Lincoln and Beverley.
“One was a wheelchair user and he always had lovely things to say about her. Hopefully Jon’s family can take comfort from the kind words of compassion being shown.”
Flowers and notes have been left outside the Costa coffee store.
A Gofundme fundraiser has also been set up to help Jon’s family with the funeral costs.
While Jonathon’s situation is not completely clear, what is is that across the country, thousands of people and families are facing the prospect of not having a home this Christmas.
More than 180,000 families have lost their homes since the start of the pandemic.
Many, including those with young children, are having to stay in unsuitable temporary hostels.
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George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.