The Waldorf-Astoria is known for many things — it was the setting for half of New York City’s cast-iron 20th-century skyscrapers, yet to this day it retains a certain lived-in, high-society aura.
And while part of that legacy is derived from some of the city’s most glamorous years, another is due to Waldorf-Astoria’s renowned and well-respected staff.
Olivier Martin Isaac “Jimmy” Elidrissi, a 5-decade attendant at the hotel — reputedly the last operating bellhop — died on Dec. 7 after a three-year battle with cancer. He was 74.
Mr. Elidrissi was born in Brooklyn and raised in Jersey City. At 12, he left his family to work at Waldorf-Astoria. He went on to hold every position at the hotel, including as last assignment as the 12-year-old boy.
Throughout his time at the hotel, he received numerous awards for his service and considered it one of his greatest achievements to be a coveted bearer of a hotel room key.
The former bellhop was known for his attentiveness and professionalism.
“At Waldorf-Astoria, Jimmy had an unforgettable demeanor, a strong work ethic and was a true professional,” The Waldorf-Astoria said in a statement on Facebook. “Those who worked alongside him described him as respectful, generous and a wonderful friend and family member.”
A public viewing for Mr. Elidrissi will be held at the Francesco Palmieri Brander & Sons Funeral Home in White Plains on Friday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Visitation is closed to the public on Saturday. A funeral Mass will be held on Sunday at 11 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church in White Plains.