OAK RIDGE (WATE) – 82-year-old Dimitri Agouridis was known by many as the walking man in Jackson Sqaure. Friends and acquaintances gathered at a candlelight vigil in Jackson Square to remember a man who was friendly to everyone and knew no stranger.
Agouridis walked every day around Jackson Square to say hello, starting at 5 in the morning and ending at 7 at night.
“We waved at each other and I beeped the horn. I miss it. It’s part of my routine on a daily basis to see him,” said one resident.
“He walked everywhere. He was also known for being shirtless and sometimes shoe-less but you know, go with the flow,” said Jamie LaRose.
The vigil started with a prayer. One participant also sang “Amazing Grace.” Then, people were given a chance to say something about Agouridis.
“He always said ‘you got to keep it simple,” said on participant.
“Having that kind of pure presence gone I think is a great loss,” said LaRose.
Agouridis was known for walking to different locations to grab coffee in a styrofoam cup. He stopped by Jo Hensley’s store every day for coffee.
“He meant a lot to everybody. He lived right across from the store and he was there every morning for coffee,” said Hensley.
Several people at the vigil did not know him personally. However, that was such a testament to how many lives he touched.
“The Oak Ridge community is going to miss him. He will be missed,” said LaRose.
The community is trying to plant a tree in Jackson Square in remembrance of Dimitri. They are currently talking to Parks and Recreation to get it approved.