Eter­nally the Mayor of Bloor Street

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Tom Har­gi­tai, the man once known as the un­of­fi­cial “Mayor of Bloor Street” passed away in Oc­to­ber in Hun­gary, where he’d been liv­ing out his re­tire­ment. He was 65 years old. In May 1990, Har­gi­tai an­swered an ad in the pa­per: Holt Ren­frew was look­ing for a door­man. From that mo­ment on and for the next 21 years, he be­came a reg­u­lar fix­ture on Bloor Street: he opened the door for shop­pers, greet­ing com­muters as they streamed out of the sub­way sta­tion en­trance at Bay Street and Bloor, and dressed in a snazzy red over­coat at Christ­mas­time. In 2011, Har­gi­tai was laid off from his job with­out ex­pla­na­tion. The pa­pers wrote sto­ries about this lay­off, and com­mu­nity mem­bers ral­lied to get his job back. Still, there are no door at­ten­dants left on Bloor Street.

BE OUR GUEST Sch­warzeneg­ger and Stal­lone were two of many celebri­ties he met.

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