Ely lost one of its treasures 10 days ago when the death of Garfield AKA Mr Sainsbury’s was announced.
In a post dated July 2nd on his Facebook page which has more than 6,000 followers, it said, “With great sadness, we have to report that Garfield died a short while ago. He was hit by a car in Sainsbury’s car park earlier this afternoon and was rushed to the vet but they were unable to save him.
David and Tina are, of course, devastated. Garfield brought joy to all our lives and his memory and legacy live on. Give your own cat an extra cuddle tonight and remember Garfy with love.”
Since that post, thousands of well-wishers, Facebook postings and even national news media has covered the demise of Garfield.
Many fans of Garfield have attended the Sainsburys store in Ely to lay flowers, cards and even toys.
To commemorate the life of Garfield, owners, David and Audrey have set up a Just Giving page in aid of Cats Protection in which they hope to sponsor other cats to live out their days in comfort while being unable to be rehomed. So far, over 100 people have supported the cause raising over £1200 of their £4664 target.
Garfield became so popular worldwide, that alongside author Cath Caruth, owner David commissioned a book called “What’s THAT doing there?”, a tribute to when Garfield used to play in the meadows before Sainsbury’s was built and his ownership of the supermarket.
Many others have called for memorials to be placed in Ely to remember the lovable feline and many ideas are currently being looked at.
To offer your support please see https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mr-sainsbury-garfield