Remembering Thomas Hooker

Sad local news from CW Nevius at The San Francisco Chronicle:

These are sad times up and down Clement Street in the Richmond District. Hooker, known as Thomas to residents, was a constant, cheery presence in the neighborhood. He died in his sleep at his campsite on Oct. 27.

Homeless and living out of a shopping cart for over 20 years, Hooker slept outdoors on the greenbelt at Funston and Clement. In the morning he’d walk over to Ninth Avenue to spend the day talking to neighbors — and himself.

I saw Thomas often in my neighborhood. I would wave at him and he'd wave back. Sometimes, I'd see him at the donut shop. Whenever he came by, one of the workers would grab a small donut and juice before running outside to give it to him. He always seemed appreciative, and this happened more than once. I always thought that was a kind gesture.

Good to see the city help with a memorial service and burial.