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New Year’s Eve Candlelight Vigil at Ashland Plaza for “Gone” who died there on Christmas Eve HA-24-12-11


By Anthony J. Sanders, Majik WiZz, Stashe, Aether and Cygnus


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Credit: Stash, Aether and Cygnus HA-26-12-11


Shane Jolly, a homeless man known as “Gone” by his friends, died at the Ashland Plaza at 8:30 pm on Christmas Eve.  At the Peace Church breakfast we decided to host a candlelight vigil at the Plaza on New Year's Eve.  The police man at the David Grubbs memorial on the bike path, removing the journal I had not yet inscribed a Psalm of David in, said "the medical examiner determined the cause of death to be choking on meat or his own vomit".  Autopsies are only performed in 5% of deaths in the United States (Sanders ’11). Gone had been heard a month before saying that he was "going to die" and he may have had a pre-existing medical condition for which we demand an autopsy.  The City of Ashland must pay for the autopsy and funeral arrangements as compensation for the false arrest and spate of $1,000 tickets the days right before Gone died.  I want to know why the homeless are reputed to have shorter life expectancies than other people although the home is so much more homicidal than camping in my own experience.  We ask that the Ashland Daily Tidings make public the findings on Shane Jolly’s death certificate, request that an autopsy be performed and communicate with the family and funeral directors regarding the body and effects of the deceased under 24USC(10)§420 as cited in Art. 14 of CHANGE.  Aether reports that the night sergeant at the Ashland police department called him back to inform the public that the case is now being handled by the medical examiner who is under the Jackson County Sheriff who is in contact with next-of-kin.  Aether is going to talk to the Sheriff and release this document to the next of kin. A will or other instrument of a testamentary nature involving property rights shall be promptly delivered, upon the death, to the proper court of record.  It is recommended the decedent's property, in equal pro-rata shares to the highest following categories of identified survivors (listed in the order of precedence indicated) under 24USC(10)§420:


1. The surviving spouse or legal representative.

2. The children of the deceased.

3. The parents of the deceased.

4. The siblings of the deceased.

5. The next-of-kin of the deceased.


At the Peace Church breakfast I felt like Gone had died young, at 41, so that we might live.  There were two people who were with Gone on the Plaza when he started choking at 8:12 pm amongst friends by the menorah displayed on the Ashland Plaza. Gone was known around Ashland for flying his “Need Weed” sign. The day of his death he had been drinking beer around the Plaza with a new and special "Hookers and Drugs" sign that he joyously Jested with the townsfolk with. After flying for a while he came stumbling up pointing at his throat before he collapsed at Majik’s the feet of one of the attendees of the breakfast.  The other attendee, named Stash, a firefighter who had lost three quarters of his brigade, about 11 people, to a wildfire, several years ago, before going homeless, performed the Heimlich maneuver.  The police arrived quickly and Gone was put in a stretcher and was taken away in an ambulance.  Stashe says, “Gone died after I had restored breathing because the ambulance put him on the stretcher on his back and he continued choking which probably caused his passing”.  A caregiving textbook does say that people should lay on their side (Bridges ’98).  Majik and Aether went to the Ashland Community hospital around 12:30 am where they were informed that he was dead.  Majik WiZz says, “earlier the day Don died at my feet he told me that he had just been given two $1,000 tickets over the past few days”.


Gone is said to be from New Hampshire and was born in Wales, United Kingdom.  He did not have an accent, was a big American football fan, but was such a friendly drunk he must have come to America from the Old World.  He had hiked the Pacific Crest trail twice.  When I met him on the Plaza with Occupy he had a small attractively curved didgeridoo, he called his shofar, strapped to his back, he had been drinking and although it couldn't have been much over freezing he was barefoot and shirtless all night.  When in Ashland Gone usually slept alone on the railroad tracks without a tent.  The second time I got to spend time with Gone he was still wearing shorts and a t-shirt.  He had just gotten back from clashing with the police at Occupy Portland and had gotten arrested on the plaza in Ashland for drinking and driving although he was hundreds of yards from his car.  When in the overnight drunk tank, they dropped the charges, but lost his shofar.  Although the drunk tank had printed Gone a very nice ID bracelet they claim to have accidentally given his shofar to someone with the same name from a different state.  After he was released someone had given him several hits of acid and weed and some friends and I went with him to the liquor store and we drank together at Evo's gazebo after dark.  For me, it was one of about ten drinks in 2011.  The third time I talked with Gone was at the Market of Choice where I was resisting the temptation, while my sister bought some pineapple muffins for Grampa.  A woman had taken Gone to Goodwill and bought him a down vest but he was still in shorts.  The fourth or fifth time I talked with Gone he was walking past the Food Co-op, it was snowing and he was carrying a big backpack, he was finally wearing pants and looked pretty warm with a few pairs of socks in his flip flops.  Now his soul has gone to play the shofar in the House of the Lord where he is believed by Christians to be Angel. 


Cross of David

Credit: David Michael Grubbs HA-26-11-11


Psalm 23

A psalm of David

The Lord is my shepherd and I shall not be in want.
He makes me lie down in green pastures,
He leads me beside quiet waters,
he restores my soul.
He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name's sake.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death.
I will fear no evil, for you are with me;
your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.
You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.
Surely goodness and love will follow me of the days of my life,
and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.



Bridges, Barbara J. R.N. Therapeutic Caregiving: A Practical Guide for Caregivers of Persons with Alzheimer’s and Other Dementia Causing Diseases. BJB Publishing. Mill Creek, Washington. 3rd Printing. 1998


Disposition of the Effects of Deceased 24USC(10)§420


Sanders, Tony J. Ashland Community Shelter and Camping Declaration. Hospitals & Asylums HA-24-12-11 submitted to convert the vacant Ashland Daily Tidings into a winter homeless shelter around 10:30 pm on Christmas Eve two hours after Shane Jolly, “Gone”, a prospective client of our homeless shelter, died at 8:30 pm at Ashland Plaza on Christmas Eve and there will be a New Year’s Eve Candlelight Vigil.


Sanders, Tony J. Book 7: National Cemetery Organization (NCO). 5th Draft. Hospitals & Asylums HA-16-8-11


Sanders, Tony J. 16th draft Constitution of Hospitals & Asylums Non-Governmental Economy (CHANGE) HA-11-11-11


Wheeler, Sam. Homeless Man Died on Christmas Eve: Shane Jolley Choked on a Piece of Steak by the Black Swan. Ashland Daily Tidings. December 30, 2011