Actor Adam Beach and mayoral candidate Judy Wasylycia-Leis were among a group of about 80, mostly family and invited friends, who gathered out of the rain under the Provencher Bridge Thursday night to honour the memory of Faron Hall.
It was near that place on the Red River where the man who came to be known as the Homeless Hero swam out to save the first of two people he would rescue from those waters just months apart in 2009.
And it was near the same place that the 50-year-old was swept away and drowned nearly a week ago.
The friends who spoke during the two hour traditional ceremony and feast included a homeless pal and a woman who told a story about her first meeting with Hall. She was walking to a food bank and when Hall learned where she was going, he insisted she take his last two bus tickets.
His wake and funeral is expected to be held Tuesday at Thunderbird House.