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.READ MORE: Downtown Partnership Releases Annual State Of Downtown Baltimore Report
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.”READ MORE: Struggling Concert Venues Still Waiting On Federal Aid Promised In COVID-19 Relief Package
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.MORE NEWS: 21% Of Gen-Z'ers Would Not Get COVID-19 Vaccine, STAT-Harris Poll Finds
Anyone who plans to attend is asked to wear a mask and social distance.