For 50 years, Bernard Murray - better known to Chicopee residents as 'Bunny' - has waved and clapped for drivers in the city's Aldenville neighborhood for no reason other than pure enjoyment.
Some call him the pillar of Chicopee and a staple of the city.
Now, after all those years of waves and smiles, residents want to honor 'Bunny' with a statue to say thank you for even the simplest of gestures.
A petition was started on Change.org and has already received about 2,500 signatures to make a statue of 'Bunny' to ensure he'll be waving in the city forever.
"I think it's the greatest thing in the world. You could say he's a pillar of Chicopee," said Mike Carmody
Lifelong Chicopee residents, like Carmody, said that 'Bunny' embodies everything the city of Chicopee truly is.
"I've known him since I was a kid. He started in Chicopee Falls at Sheridan Street and Montgomery Street...started waving to cars when I was just a kid," Carmody added.
'Bunny' stops by Lucky Strike Restaurant almost every day. Employees there said that he's a joy to have.
"Bunny comes in just about twice a day. He looks forward to to coming in. He has his breakfast first, then he goes out, then comes back in and has chocolate cream pie...gotta have that with his coffee. Bunny's a fixture around here, we all love him. I think it's great how the city wants to participate and make a statue of him," said Barbara Cranson from Lucky Strike.
'Bunny' also stops at The Copperline Eatery every weekend. He's sure to make his stops to the local eateries and see all his local friends.
"I'm from Chicopee, I grew up in Chicopee. I've known 'Bunny' my whole life. Everyone in Chicopee has known 'Bunny'. He's a staple of Chicopee. He's unbelievable. Everybody knows 'Bunny'. He used to stand on the edge of the bridge - Chicopee Falls bridge - waving to everybody. It'd be great," said Brett Lorde.
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