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To know him was to love him, and just about everyone who passes through the Windermere RTA station knows exactly who Marvin Brooks was.

“He’s family,” said one rider.

Folks say they’d see him all the time there asking for change, a pass to get on the bus or a hot meal.

“When I would see him he would want something to eat, I would give him some money for a sandwich or I would bring him a sandwich,” said Deborah Butler, Marvin’s friend.

Butler says although Marvin didn’t have much of a home to call his own, the riders were his family and the bus station his safe haven.

“He’s been around a long time,” she said. “This is his hood. This is where he’s from. This was his home away from home.”

The medical examiner confirms he died at McCalls Motel on December 28. Soon after word spread of his passing, the memories, stories and the kind words about Marvin’s life flooded social media.

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