Eddie Doyle considered a Boston institution

Everyone may know his name but not everyone is willing to pay him.

Eddie Doyle, the famous bartender at Boston pub Cheers — the inspiration behind the hit show — is losing his post after nearly 35 years due to the economy.

According to the Boston Globe, many public figures are shocked by the news, with former Boston mayor Raymond Flynn saying that the city has lost an institution and calling Doyle “as important as George Washington to this city; he’s that well known.”

Besides dispensing beer and advice for more than three decades, Doyle also spearheaded local fund-raisers for several charitable organizations including the Cam Neely Foundation for Cancer Care, Friends of Floating Hospital and the Massachusetts Soldiers Legacy Fund.

Doyle, who met his wife Marcia at the pub, appears to be taking the news in stride, telling the Globe, “I’m a casualty of the economic situation that we’re in.”

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