Homer the Homeless Goose remembered at memorial service

(Daniel Guerrero/KXAN)

AUSTIN (KXAN) – A memorial service was held Saturday to celebrate the life of Homer the Homeless Goose and his impact on the homeless in Austin. Homer died in March, only a few days before his 27th birthday. Supporters at the service said that he was over a hundred in “goose years.”

As far back as 1988, Homer was credited for increasing concerns about ending homelessness in Austin. Demonstrators threatened to eat Homer if the city did not pay attention to the homeless community … and it worked. He lived on to march in Washington and meet Willie Nelson.

Homer’s memorial ceremony included appearances from Austin Mayor Steve Adler and Councilman Sabino “Pio” Renteria, who kept Homer in his yard for 18 years.

“He became the mascot of the homeless,” Renteria said. “So what we’re doing now is celebrating his life.”

Taxidermists are preserving Homer’s body, which they expect to take several months. Renteria hopes Homer will continue to act as a symbol that Austin should be sympathetic to the homeless.

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