"I don't think people will ever forget" Raymond Ferguson's love and selflessness, friends said.

 Raymond Ferguson (left) dines with a member of nonprofit SPARK (Students Performing Acts of Random Kindness) in 2015. 

Raymond Ferguson (left) dines with a member of nonprofit SPARK (Students Performing Acts of Random Kindness) in 2015. 

DOWNTOWN — An impromptu memorial for a man who became a beloved figure in the Loop has been set up near the man’s go-to spot at State and Randolph.

That’s where the man, Raymond Ferguson, would warmly greet every passerby, tossing out jokes, giving directions to those in need and sending everyone warm wishes. Ferguson, who was homeless, was in that area nearly every day for years before dying June 18. He was 55.

“Have a nice day, guys,” Raymond would tell the strangers — who became his friends — as they went by. “God is good.”

Jonathan Boyden, a street ambassador for the Chicago Loop Alliance, spoke to Raymond every day for years while walking the streets. Boyden’s job focuses on reaching out to people who are experiencing homelessness like Raymond did, helping them connect with resources that can help them. Read More