Raymond Bastille

Raymond Bastille's life ended on the Hyannis Village Green bandstand on a Sunday morning in March 2015. Friends say the 57-year-old struggled with alcohol and heroin for many years.

Friends also described him as hilarious and always helpful.

Michaela McCuish said he never gave up, even when he was down on his luck and not doing well in recovery. He would always be the first person to ask how others were doing, McCuish said.

Kristoph Pydynkowski said he and Bastille connected over their mutual struggles.

"I grew to love him and he was my best friend. He was always the first person to offer to give the shirt off his back to someone, because he knew what it was like to have nothing."

Devin Corey, of Falmouth, knew Bastille from a recovery program in Falmouth. Every morning between 4 and 5 a.m., each member of the fellowship would get a text message from Bastille that would simply say, "I love you."

"I would text back, 'I love you, too, Ray.' He's an angel now, and has a huge fan club in Falmouth."

Anne Tcherepnin, of Falmouth, met Bastille 12 years ago when she was a recovery aide at Gosnold on Cape Cod. She described him as "the nicest person to ever come out of the woods. He may have not had any possessions, but he was always a gentleman."