Husein Hasani, known to everyone as Cika Miso (Uncle Misho), worked on the streets of the Bosnian capital for more than 60 years, even during the 1992-95 war. He died of a heart attack on January 6, aged 83.
An empty wooden chair, with a pair of shoes as if waiting to be cleaned in front of it, stood on Sarajevo's main Tito Avenue where he used to sit.
Around a large photo of Cika Miso on the chair, dozens of people laid flowers or lit candles, while others paid tribute in silence.
A Roma born in Kosovo in 1931, Husein Hasani came to Sarajevo at 15. At age 21, he began shining shoes, taking over the job from his father.
Always in a neat suit, freshly pressed white shirt, his hair carefully combed and his moustache trimmed, Cika Miso did not leave his spot even during the three-year-long siege of Sarajevo.
In 2009, he was awarded a medal for merit by city authorities, as well as a modest apartment and a pension.
Sarajevo Mayor Ivo Komsic said Cika Miso was a symbol of Sarajevo and that his death had left the city "emptier."
He was the last shoe shiner of Sarajevo.
-- RFE/RL's Balkan Service