Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 16°C

min temp: 11°C

Search

Ipswich/Lithuania: Widow prepares for her husband’s final journey home

17:37 30 November 2012

Donatas Kislauskas who was found collapsed and died in Queen Street on November 3.

Donatas Kislauskas who was found collapsed and died in Queen Street on November 3.

Archant

A MONTH after her husband was found dead on an Ipswich street, a grieving widow is today preparing to fly his ashes home.

Donatas Kislauskas was found in Queen Street at around 6.50am on November 3, after a night out to celebrate getting his first permanent job since moving to Ipswich.

The 29-year-old was spotted on CCTV cameras on the Corn Hill, apparently drunk, at around 4am.

An initial post-mortem examination proved inconclusive and subsequent tests have to try to determine a cause of death have been unsuccessful.

A Suffolk police spokesman said the cause of his death remains unknown.

More than 1,000 miles from home in Vilnius, his widow Dovile Cepliejute faced the devastating reality of not being able to afford to lay her husband to rest. But staff at recruitment firm StaffBank, who helped place Mr Kislauskas, of Wherstead Road, in his permanent role, stepped in, helping raise nearly £2,000 to pay for his cremation. Louise Sandham, of StaffBank, told The Star the service on Wednesday was “heartbreaking”.

“We have almost raised enough to cover the cremation thanks to a host of local businesses. We are just waiting for the last bit of money but the wonderful funeral directors R. Hyde-Chambers Funeral Services, have been absolutely amazing.

“Dovile is planning to fly home to Lithuania with Donatas’s ashes next Thursday so it was a bit of a rush.

“Dovile has really been overwhelmed by the support she has received.”

Related articles

1 comment

  • Do you think everyone will raise money for my funeral if the same thing happened to me,I think not,these people come over to our country and then something like this happens and they expect everyone else to foot the bill

    Report this comment

    Mandy Cross

    Friday, November 30, 2012

Passengers using Abellio Greater Anglia services between Ipswich and Cambridge could face long delays this morning.

The mother of missing RAF serviceman Corrie McKeague has said thank you to everyone who has come forward so far, as the search enters its sixth day.

A mural created in a disused Ipswich pub by legendary cartoonist Carl Giles could be lost forever after decorators painted over it – twice.

A Martlesham man is angry after a booked trip on a steam train up Snowdon was cancelled due to an obese family taking up all the room in his carriage.

A 170-tonne electricity transformer the size of a bungalow is being transported along the A12 in Suffolk on Saturday.

Chinese backers yesterday signed important financial agreements connected to the construction of Suffolk’s yet-to-be-approved Sizewell C nuclear power station.

A 15-year-old girl missing from Ipswich has been found, according to Suffolk police officers.

A 32-year-old autistic woman from Ipswich has hosted a Macmillan coffee morning in memory of her mother, who died of cancer two years ago.

And depending how significant the prize, or the emotional attachment to it, their fates can range from living out their days in a dusty draw to taking pride of place on your (or your parent’s) mantelpiece.

Police are appealing for witnesses and information after a nine-year-old girl reported being approached by two men on bicycles in Ipswich.

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Streetlife

Newsletter Sign Up

MyDate24 MyPhotos24