I've just been reading about this on a different site, and thought it may be of some interest here.
A tramp, who lived on a traffic island for 40+ years, died last week. He is believed to have been a Polish man, who came to the UK after WW2.
The thing that intrigued me, is that the town he lived in, Wolverhampton, is looking at maybe renaming the place he lived after him. Or having some kind of memorial. Which I think is a touching tribute.
Here's a bit of comment from the Guardian website: guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,,2201341,00.html
A tramp who became an internet celebrity after living in the middle of a Wolverhampton ring road for more than 30 years has died.
Josef Stawinoga became a phenomenon when a group set up in his honour on the social networking website Facebook attracted thousands of members.
Police confirmed that the body of an 87-year-old man was found yesterday afternoon in a tent on the city's central reservation.
"The man is believed to have been living in the tent on the central reservation for many years," said a West Midlands police spokesman.
There's also a lot more about "Fred" here: bbc.co.uk/blackcountry/content/articles/2007/03/22/homeless_polish_feature.shtml