Thursday, February 25, 2010

Ciao Gigi

Gigi's bench, via della Madonna, LivornoOn this bench Gigi, a homeless, spent most of his daily time, asking sometime for a cigarette and accepting money, but never begging. He died last Tuesday for a fall from a parapet of the “Mercato Centrale”. He had lost his makeshift shelter in a fire few days ago and someone even stole his dog.
The sign says: For us you'll be here forever... Goodbye Gigi.

28 comments:

Jacob said...

Good grief. How sad is that? Sounds like he never had a chance.

Tonight we went out to eat and on our way home we came be a man sitting on a small stool on a corner covering his head with an umbrella (it was pouring down rain); he had a small cat in his lap and he held a sign saying he needed work.

nobu said...

May he rest in peace.
Those flowers by the bench are impressive.

tapirgal said...

A poignant post and nice memorial photo. It's a beautiful shot to remember him by. Somebody stole his dog. That's really cruel!

B SQUARED said...

That is terribly sad.

Lily Hydrangea said...

Poor Gigi. May you rest in peace at last & may you some day be reunited with your dog. so very sad, but I am glad you thought of him VP.

Dina said...

What a tragic story.
But so nice that Gigi is remembered and missed, by you and others.

Saretta said...

How sad! :-(

Eleonora said...

Che tristezza. Povero Gigi...

Cezar and Léia said...

So sorry for so tragic story, poor Gigi.It's really sad.
Léia

Steffe said...

A very sad story indeed.

Kate said...

A fitting memorial for Gigi. His life story, or at least the ending, is one of great sadness. It's too bad that some humans' lives are held so cheaply.

Lois said...

Such a tragedy! He will be missed.

amatamari© said...

Grazie per questo tuo ricordo...

Rob and Mandy said...

Ciao Gigi, rest in peace

cieldequimper said...

Sad but there are so many of them.

JM said...

Yes, very sad, but as Ciel says, there are so many Gigis around... May this one rest in peace.
Nice tribute, VP.!

Babzy said...

sad story , nice to see that people pay him a tribute .

Three Rivers, Michigan said...

A tragic ending to a sad life; it is good that he is remembered.
Three Rivers Daily Photo

Per Stromsjo said...

I wonder if he felt welcome in the chiesa.

Thanks for sharing.

Andreea said...

What a sad story. May he rest in peace.

Wolynski said...

So sad - there for grace go I.

His dog got stolen? When it rains, it pours.

Stine in Ontario said...

Such a sad post. Your post, the sign and the flower show that Gigi will be missed.

B SQUARED said...

Strange how a dialect can change so quickly.

Halcyon said...

How sad for poor Gigi. I really like the lifeguard's chair though!

Tash said...

Very sad. Unbelievable that people can be mean to a homeless person. May he rest in peace. Thank you for honoring his life here.

Hilda said...

My heart is aching. Sadness for Gigi's awful circumstances. And anger for whoever stole his dog. That is absolute meanness!

I truly hope that there is a heaven because I would like Gigi — and so many others like him — to have some joy, love and peace after an earthly life that sad.

Small City Scenes said...

Aw that is quite sad. At least he will be remembered. MB

Ilse said...

So sad.