So many in our community have been mourning the passing of Anthony “Tony” Clemens, who made our street his home. His generosity of spirit, his amazing attitude, his kindness, his humour and his Elmo doll are etched in our hearts.
Tony’s comments on life on the street and life in general, with its humour, kindndess and bitter sweet observations were captured for nearly five years on his blog Homeless Man Speaks co-written by Philip Stern.
People gathered at Alternative Grounds yesterday for a memorial and to start raising funds for a commemoration. Ideas are just forming now. There is no committee; it’s just people who care coming together. The idea of installing a bench in his name on the street somewhere near his spot is gaining support.
Kevin Healey occasionally made small batches of Elmo buttons for Tony so he could have a little something to give to kids. Some of these are being sold at Alternative Grounds to help raise money
Tony was always kind and genuinely concerned about the safety of kids and others in the community. He watched the street for us. As Maureen O’Danu @odanu says, Tony “gave streetpeople a voice that few have had. You wll be missed.”
The reception for Tony will be held today, Tuesday, October 25th, from 6-9 p.m.at the Turner & Porter Funeral Home, 436 Roncesvalles Ave., Toronto (at Howard Park Ave.). A Funeral Mass will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Church, 263 Roncesvalles Ave. (at High Park Blvd), Toronto, on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 11am.