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Posted at 12:35 PM ET, 08/22/2012

Peter Bis, Capitol Hill homeless man, ‘always brightened my day’ (#DMVReads)


A makeshift shrine of signs, photos and flowers has sprung up around a tree at Third Street and Massachusetts Avenue NE in honor of Peter Bis, a longtime homeless resident of the Capitol Hill area. (Jabin Botsford for The Washington Post)
Many Capitol Hill residents are mourning Peter Bis, a homeless man and well-known neighborhood fixture, who died last week. Living on the streets near Union Station, Bis’s outgoing, kind and quirky personality made him quite popular with everyone from waitstaff to political staffers. The Hill is Home shared very specific memories of what it was like to interact with Bis.

“When I used to walk to Union Station, I always made it a point to remove my earbuds before walking by Peter, because I knew he would always brighten my day — and he never disappointed.  I fondly remember his “no skinny dipping!” exhortations to people as they were heading home for the weekend. He was always willing to strike up a conversation and he never asked for handouts.”

Read more on The Hill is Home .

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By Andy Smith  |  12:35 PM ET, 08/22/2012

 
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