Tributes to Sticky O’Rourke of Falmouth and Truro who has died

People have been urged to “have more time for others” following the death of well known Falmouth man Sticky O’Rourke.

Sticky, whose real name is Terry Powell, was a character known to a huge number of people both in Falmouth and Truro, where he has also lived.

At one point he was known by an extended version of his name, going by Sticky Squidget Mushroom Midget O’Really O’Reilly O’Rourke, but in latter years has simply gone by ‘Sticky’.

The reason for his death on Monday has not been revealed but it has led to many tributes from the community.

Robin Markland, who worked closely supporting Sticky through the Warmth for Homeless community movement helping homeless and vulnerable people, urged people to follow Sticky’s example and make time for people.

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Sticky has bee described as ‘always smiling’. Photo: Warmth for Homeless

He told the Packet: “Sticky had time for everyone, his glowing smile and laughter will continue to fill our streets long after his passing.

“He was a man of great depth with art as one of his main talents.

“If we as a community can take a leaf out of his book please and all have more time for others that would be great.

“Sticky, whose dove has flown into the sky – you will be missed. RIP.”

Others have spoken on social media of how “kind, caring and thoughtful” he was, and “one of the most honest and loyal people you would ever meet,” who was always smiling, with one person going on to add: “Just shows money doesn’t buy happiness.”

Back in October 2016 a fundraiser was set up by the Facebook group Love Falmouth to find Sticky somewhere to live for Christmas, but the JustGiving page – which wanted to raise £2,000 to help with a flat deposit for first month’s rent – was later closed by the organisers after some public criticism, although others supported it.

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