Beloved Camellia Grill waiter Marvin “Word” Day dies


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Camellia Grill's beloved fist-bumping waiter Marvin "Word" Day has died. - COURTESY WIKICOMMONS
  • Camellia Grill's beloved fist-bumping waiter Marvin "Word" Day has died.

Beloved Camellia Grill employee and fist-bumping waiter Marvin “Word” Day has died. 

News of Day’s death was first reported by | The Times-Picayune and confirmed Thursday morning by the restaurant's owner. 

Day, who worked at the iconic Riverbend diner for more than 25 years, was known as a permanent fixture at the restaurant and loved for his jovial presence and familial nature, often fist-bumping friends and customers and greeting them with "Word," which earned him his nickname. 

After news of Day’s death spread, fans flocked to social media websites, posting messages of remembrance and their own personal memories of Day.

Camellia Grill owner Hicham Khodr released the following statement:

“We are heartbroken by the passing of long-time Camellia Grill employee Marvin ‘Word’ Day. Marvin was an integral part of the Camellia Grill family, having spent more than 25 years making customers feel at home with his quick wit and consistently upbeat personality. Marvin was essential to Camellia Grill’s reopening following Hurricane Katrina, and also to the grand opening of Camellia Grill’s French Quarter location, where he assisted with the transition and training of new employees. Marvin will always be remembered as one of the finest ‘Camellia Grill guys’ our restaurant has ever known. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family during this difficult time.”

Day’s cause of death was not immediately known, but reports have noted a history of heart problems.


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