"Everyone in the community knows him and loves him," said Jamie Schriner-Hooper.
Robert Busby has been a pillar of the Old Town community for years. Residents say he lived for the quiet, artistic district in Lansing, often helping others and promoting the community.
Most people refer to Robert as the mayor of Old Town," said longtime friend Richard Galosy. "He's been here for a long, long time. He set the tone and the standard. He was a very giving, kind person."
Galosy has been a friend of busby's for years. The two would talk frequently about solving the world's problems or how to bring more people to the region.
"We kind of refer to ourselves as the grumpy old men of Old Town," he said. "He's one of the pillars here. He's the one that made it happen."
Friends and colleagues say Busby helped to build old town. Whether it was recruiting artists, or helping people move into new locations, Busby was always there.
"Robert has been a fixture down here not only in Old Town but in the entire city of Lansing," said Schriner-Hooper, the director of the Old Town Commercial Association. "He was very well known for the Creole Gallery but all of us down here know him for who he is."
A man they say never had a negative thing to say about anyone, and always had a smile on his face.