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Her friend's name was George

Remembering George

Part of an impromptu memorial that included a remembrance and flowers.

He was one of those people most of us never paid much attention to. But to the people who regularly walked Tremont Street in front of the Granary Burying Ground, George was a friend, always quick with a "good morning" or "good night."

George Dagraca, 43, died this past Thursday. Somebody set up a memorial for him where he used to sit, along the burying-ground fence.

"Just last week I witnessed him sweeping his area of the sidewalk in front of the burial ground," a Tremont Street regular says. "I am sure I am not the only person who wishes they'd taken a bit more time to get to know him."

George's story, part 1
George's story, part 2

Visitation hours are Monday, 10-11 a.m. at George Lopes Funeral Home, 821 Cummins Highway, Mattapan, followed by a funeral service at the funeral home.

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God bless all those families who have lost loved ones to heroin. God damn the Pusher man!

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I walked past George every morning on my way to work, and every night on my way home. I often brought him fruit for breakfast, and he'd tell me later that evening how much he enjoyed it. I wish I'd stopped and talked to him longer, but his morning greetings and delightful appreciation will stay with me. Wishing him eternal peace now.

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I don't know this man, but thank you for covering this, and treating him with a sense of humanity.

Condolences to those that loved him.

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Oh, no. I saw him at least a few times a week, and he was such a gentle, nice guy.

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George was almost unfailingly polite and friendly, which made him stand out from the other panhandlers out there. I always felt a little safer when I saw him around.

When will we finally do something substantial to help the addicts in our community? As annoyed as I get braving the gauntlet walking from Park Street up past the State House almost daily, it's nothing to the wreckage and wastage of these people's lives. They need help and there should be some available. The numbers of homeless seem to be increasing not just in downtown, but all around.

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Heroin maintenance. Ibogaine. Google them. Nothing removes stigma like removing criminal penalties and treating people with dignity and actual science.

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