[quote]Homeless man’s life celebrated
WebPosted Jul 6 2004 02:05 PM PDT
VICTORIA - Dozens of people turned out Tuesday in Victoria to celebrate the life of a homeless man who died last week.
54-year-old Gilbert Dallaire had lived in the square beside Victoria City Hall.
Mourners marked his death in a poignant ceremony with a political message.
The service for Dallaire was lead by Reverend Al Tysick â€“ a champion of the homeless in Victoria.
Dallaire never got much recognition in life. But now his death has become a public event in Victoria.
Many of his old friends turned out for the memorial service at The Open Door, a street ministry in downtown Victoria.
Dallaire was an alcoholic who had been on and off the street for years. Last year he lost his home when the city closed a number of rundown rooming houses.
Reverend Tysick says there was nowhere for Dallaire to go â€“ so he camped at Centennial Square outside City Hall.
He finally died in hospital of apparent liver failure.
Reverend Tysick remembers Gilbert Dallaire as a quiet and gentle man.
Mourners hope that Dallaire’s legacy is a society that opens its doors to the homeless. [/quote]
So does this basically say, sure go ahead and drink your life away. You deserve recognition for your liver damage. The media really makes me wonder sometimes.