Locals pay for funeral of Sheffield-born homeless man

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A church was packed for the funeral of a Sheffield-born homeless man who ‘touched the hearts of many’.

Popular rough sleeper Cliff O’Kane, aged 59, who moved to Skegness, was taken ill with pneumonia on January 14 and died five days later.

Cliff, who had been in the merchant navy, always turned down offers of accommodation and is believed to have never claimed benefits.

Local residents donated £1,500 to pay for his funeral once news of his death spread.

Raish Sarin, a Deacon at St Paul’s Baptist Church, where the service was held, said: “Cliff was often referred to as a ‘gentlemen of the road’ and I think that describes him quite well.

“He never asked or begged for anything and who would often work for people and then refuse payment.”