In 2015, this memorial bench in honor of my father was installed along the Cañada Del Oro portion of The Loop, a connected series of bike and walking paths more than one hundred miles long around the metropolitan Tucson area. Because my father’s ashes had been scattered, there was no gravestone or other public place to visit with him, and there was also no public place with his name. I wanted his name to be public as a way of expressing the fact that he lived, he had a good life, and he made a difference in the world. I also wanted a place near where I live to sit and talk to him. He treasured nature, so it seemed like the perfect place. I’ve seen coyotes just 20 feet from the bench, and I’ve also seen hawks, hummingbirds, snakes, great blue herons, and other wildlife. I also wanted to make a contribution to the community and give people who use the path a place to rest and reflect. If you’re in the area, please stop by, enjoy a few moments of stillness, and say hello to my dad.
If you’re interested, you can read about him here.
A news story about the bench coincided with my father’s hundredth birthday on July 20, 2016.