Friends, dignitaries remember Mr. Downtown Richard Wirick
Published: March 9, 2012 09:15AM
Updated: March 9, 2012 10:06AM
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Kim Raff | The Salt Lake Tribune A slideshow of photographs of Richard Wirick's plays as people gather for a memorial service for him at the Gallivan Hall at Gallivan Plaza in Salt Lake City on March 8, 2012.

A memorial service was held Thursday night for Richard Wirick at Gallivan Plaza in Salt Lake City. Known as “Mr. Downtown” for his zeal and optimism for Salt Lake City’s urban core, 82-year-old Wirick was accidentally run over and killed by a UTA bus on Feb. 21 on his way to a meeting about downtown issues. He owned and ran The Oxford Shop for 51 years.

Family members joined the Downtown Alliance, Vest Pocket Business Coalition, Visit Salt Lake, Downtown Retail Merchants Association and Salt Lake City officials and residents to remember the tireless advocate who rarely missed a day's work and stayed engaged with championing the downtown until his final hour.