Eternally the Mayor of Bloor Street
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.
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