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Friends, family of crosswalk victim plan memorial

Friends and family of a Halifax man who died after being hit in a crosswalk are preparing to celebrate his "lovable, friendly" personality.

Hugh Langin hit in crosswalk on May 18

Friends and family of a Halifax man who died after being hit in a crosswalk are preparing to celebrate his "lovable, friendly" personality.

Hugh "Hughie" Langin died on June 28 at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre. More than a month earlier — on May 18 — Langin was hit by a car as he was in the crosswalk at the corner of Bell Road and Trollope Street.

"He was a lovable, friendly, innocent, delightful, smart, profound person," said Todd Abbass, the owner of Stayner's Wharf Pub & Grill in Halifax.

"He had such a heart of gold. He'd do anything for anybody. He had such great wit. He was one of the funniest guys I ever met, and it came out of nowhere a lot."

Abbass said Langin was a fixture at Stayner's Wharf and loved to circulate through the crowd as the house band played.

Jamie Alcorn, Langin's musical collaborator and friend, said Langin loved everyone and the feeling was mutual.

"If you ever wanted to find the best entertainment in Halifax, the best live music, just follow Hughie, because he'll be there," Alcorn said.

"Wherever he goes, just follow him, because he finds the best music."

Langin was 79 years old when he died — he would have turned 80 on Aug. 21. On that night, his friends and family plan to gather at Stayner's Wharf to celebrate his life.

John Lindsay, Langin's nephew,  said his uncle had a challenging life because he was injured at birth. He was institutionalized for more than 25 years, until he was 48 years old.

"Hughie was about the possibility," Lindsay told CBC News on Tuesday.

"He was my best living example that I had with me, every day, that you can get out of bed and be whatever you want to be, starting from anywhere."

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