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Scene: Roncy Remembers Tony

Photo by {a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jer1961/6260368383/"}jer1961{/a} from the {a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/torontoist/pool/"}Torontoist Flickr Pool{/a}.

WHERE: Roncesvalles Avenue

WHEN: Evening of October 18

WHAT: A memorial for Tony Clemens, who passed away on Roncesvalles on October 18 following a recent surgery and a fight with lung cancer, among other health problems. Clemens was a recognizable neighbourhood figure and a source of news and gossip about the street’s tight-knit community through the blog Homeless Man Speaks.

Tony on a still-under-construction Roncesvalles in November 2010. Photo by {a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/jer1961/5168029257/"}jer1961{/a} from the {a href="http://www.flickr.com/groups/torontoist/pool/"}Torontoist Flickr Pool{/a}.

His friend Philip Sterns—who has been running the blog on Clemens’ behalf since October 2006, frequently transcribing their poignant and often humourous exchanges—confirmed his death on Tuesday. Since then, dozens of friends and community members have left comments on the post, expressing condolences and sharing memories. Read more details on Clemens’ life and passing in this Star story. Rest in peace, Tony.

Comments

  • http://twitter.com/m1chelle Michelle Campbell

    This is so sad. Just the other day I passed by and saw his crate and chair but wondered why he wasn’t there.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_5QE6EGHDRGWO2RVB6VSCJGPEKM Kevin

    My kids knew him by name long before I did – he was so friendly. And as far as legacies go, his letter to the editor in the Globe was masterful. I could only hope to be so clear-eyed in the face of constant ignorance and selfishness.

    Thanks for deeming Tony newsworthy. Because he is.