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Streetsville Jason, a fixture of Mississauga's streets, to be laid to rest

07/19/2015 06:24 EDT | Updated 07/19/2016 05:59 EDT
The community of Streetsville in Mississauga showed an outpouring of respect in remembering Streetsville Jason, a man who was a fixture of its streets, and now residents will get another chance to pay homage to one of their own.

Jason, whose real name was Ralph Faustino, will be honoured with a visitation service Tuesday from 2 to 4 p.m. ET at Turner & Porter Neweduk-Erin Mills Chapel in Mississauga. There will be a graveside service Wednesday at the Streetsville Cemetery at 2 p.m.

The event details were posted on Facebook by Streetsville Living, the same page where residents have been sharing heartfelt posts about Jason and the impact he's had on the community.

Images have been posted online showing benches where Jason frequently sat during his days wandering around Streetsville. They were littered with tributes of items he enjoyed including flowers, letters, treats, coffee and even cigarettes.

Streetsville Jason died last week, prompting the locals to rally behind a fundraiser to get a commemorative bench with a plaque made in his honour to be placed in the community.

As of July 19, the fund established by Julia Belmonte — who describes Jason as "mentally ill and very loved" — has raised more than $8,100 by at least 300 different people in five days after posting an initial goal of $1,000.

Belmonte said the extra money will be donated to the group home where Jason lived for many years as well as to mental health initiatives.

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