ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — The Annapolis community is mourning the loss of a local icon. He was known to many in the area as “The Walking Man”.

Carlester Smith passed away Monday. He was 63.

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Smith was best known as someone who could be spotted around the community with a bright smile and a friendly wave for passersby.

WJZ spoke with his nieces, who remember the man he was.

“He was ours,” Janell Johnson, Smith’s niece, said. “He was a smith. He was a son, a nephew, uncle, a community member, he was loved. He was loved.”

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A Facebook fundraiser was set up for Smith because he was bedridden with serious health issues.

Originally set up to raise $200, it got up to $23,000.

A Facebook page has also been set up for people to share their memories.

A memorial for Smith is set for Saturday at noon at Pinkey’s Liquors on West Street in Annapolis.

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Anyone who plans to attend is asked to wear a mask and social distance.