Albert Lexie, a part-time shoe-shiner who donated greater than $200,000 in suggestions over 30 years to a Pittsburgh youngsters’s hospital, died early Tuesday.
Lexie died of an undisclosed well being situation, in keeping with College of Pittsburgh Medical Heart officers. He was 76.
Each Tuesday and Thursday for greater than three many years, Lexie left his dwelling in Monessen round 5 a.m. to shine footwear at UMPC Youngsters’s Hospital of Pittsburgh over 30 miles (48 kilometers) away. He donated his tricks to the hospital’s Free Care Fund, which helps assist under- and uninsured youngsters in western Pennsylvania.
Lexie gained nationwide acclaim as his donations grew. He made an look on “The Oprah Winfrey Present,” and he was honored at a Main League Baseball All-Star Recreation.
Monessen Excessive College gave Lexie an honorary diploma and a category ring on what the person’s hometown declared as “Albert Lexie Day” in 1999.
Lexie was given the 1997 Jefferson Medal for Excellent Residents, and he was later added to the Corridor of Fame for Caring Individuals in Washington, D.C.
He informed the Pittsburgh Submit-Gazette upon his retirement in 2013, “I needed to see the children get properly … I made myself blissful.”
UMPC Youngsters’s Hospital President Chris Gessner mentioned Lexie was an “inspiration for us all.”
“He is an ideal instance of how simply small, incremental acts of kindness can have a very vital influence over time,” Gessner informed the Submit-Gazette.
Lexie’s household couldn’t be reached for remark. His funeral might be held Friday morning in Monessen.
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