Search

Memorial held as ‘skilled’ former Ilford rough sleeper dies age 32

PUBLISHED: 15:00 08 May 2019

A memorial was held for former rough sleeper Dainius Bistrikas who died a heart attack last month. Picture: Anja King

A memorial was held for former rough sleeper Dainius Bistrikas who died a heart attack last month. Picture: Anja King

Archant

The Ilford Salvation Army has held a memorial for a former guest of its winter night shelter for rough sleepers.

Mourners gathered on Thursday at the Army's church, in Clements Road, to pay their respects to Dainius Bistrikas, from Lithuania, who died from heart attack after suffering health issues for some time.

Attendees shared their memories of Dainius during an open mic session and then lit candles in his honour.

Captain Dr John Clifton said: "As well as staying in our night shelter, Dainius volunteered at recycles, our bike refurbishment social enterprise.

You may also want to watch:

"He was a very good mechanic and skilled in many practical ways.

"He also had a great sense of humour and, although he had many troubles in his life, we will remember his positivity and optimism."

He added: "The tributes at the memorial were very moving - it is amazing how someone touches many peoples lives in ways they probably wouldn't be aware of."

During the service, a video compilation bearing the images of those who have died homeless in recent years was played to the song "Jesus' blood never failed me" by Gavin Bryars.

The minimalist piece is based on a recorded loop of an unkown homeless man singing an improvised stanza.


If you value what this story gives you, please consider supporting the Ilford Recorder. Click the link in the orange box below for details.

Become a supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years, through good times and bad, serving as your advocate and trusted source of local information. Our industry is facing testing times, which is why I’m asking for your support. Every single contribution will help us continue to produce award-winning local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Thank you.

Most Read

Most Read

Latest from the Ilford Recorder