Tributes have flooded in from across social media from people who knew and spoke to popular homeless man Jon Ellerington who died in the city of Hull last weekend
Image: Sammi Ellerington)
Plans were being made to find shelter for a homeless man just days before he was found dead outside a coffee shop.
Jon Ellerington was discovered with his beloved pet dog Teddy beside him outside a branch of Costa in Hull, Yorkshire, last weekend.
For almost three hours an ambulance and four police vehicles were parked on the pavement outside, HullLive reports.
The 41-year-old’s death is not being treated as suspicious, police confirmed.
But plans to find the popular man a place to live were underway after a passerby tried to find accommodation for Jon having witnessed his plight in the winter cold.
Concerned Sophia Jama discovered he had been sleeping rough near the Anlaby Road flyover.
“I often stop and speak to homeless people,” she said. “I have been brought up to chat with rough sleepers and treat them as human beings.
“After speaking to him I found out he had been sleeping rough somewhere near the flyover. He had this tiny dog, like a Jack Russell.
“He had a bad leg and he was freezing but he told me he could not get in anywhere because of his dog.
“I didn’t think this was right so I called the council’s emergency number, but they confirmed to me they could not find anywhere for him because of his pet.”
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.”
Another person shared their tribute to Jon online, writing: “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.”
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.