Bench honours fallen friends

Dick Gardner has about 30 names carved into the memory bench in front of his house

Dick and Barbara Gardner stand with the Memory Bench in front of their house on Maple Street.

A Hope resident has created a memory bench to honour his family and friends who have passed away.

The bench started as a tribute to his sister, Daryl Sullivan, who died in June 2013. Gardner initially built a memorial overlooking Kawkawa Lake with benches, flowers, and cedar trees. However, after it was vandalized twice and thrown into the lake, he decided to do something different.

Al Fletcher supplied Gardner with two 12-foot planks of wood to construct a memory bench. He carved his sister’s name into the wood using a dremel tool, stained it, and finished it off with a coat of varnish.

Gardner has since continued adding names as a way to remember his family and friends. There’s currently about 30 names carved into the bench. Over the winter, he plans on adding another half dozen people who passed away this year.

The bench sits in front of Gardner’s house on Maple Street from spring to fall. Gardner said people come by on a regular basis to look at the bench and he’s even received a few phone calls from others thanking him for his efforts.

Just Posted

Volunteer organization provides first aid and rescue services

Main fundraiser, the Winter Extreme Ski and Board Swap, takes place at Abbotsford Exhibition Park Nov. 16 and 17

BREAKING: Vehicle fire on Highway 1 between Chilliwack and Abbotsford

One westbound lane blocked after 11:30 a.m. on Friday leading to traffic delays

Fraser Cascade students vape more often than average B.C. youth

Fraser Health’s Dr. Alexandra Choi shared her concerns around vaping, and what Kent could do about it

UFV Town and Gown dinner raises more than $245,000

Of the total raised, $100,000 will go toward a new Peace and Reconciliation Centre

UPDATED: Brother of Chilliwack homicide victim killed in Surrey

Andrew Baldwin killed on Nov. 11, three weeks after Keith Baldwin shot in downtown Chilliwack

Abortions rights advocates urge Liberals to turn politics into policy

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer was pressed to clarify his stance abortion over several weeks

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants blank Cougars 4-0

Goaltender David Tendeck turned aside all 38 Prince George shots for his WHL-leading third shutout

Closing arguments begin in B.C. case launched in 2009 over private health care

Dr. Day said he illegally opened the Cambie Surgery Centre in 1996 in order to create more operating-room time

MacLean says “Coach’s Corner is no more” following Cherry’s dismissal from Hockey Night

Cherry had singled out new immigrants in for not honouring Canada’s veterans and fallen soldiers

MacKinnon powers Avs to 5-4 OT win over Canucks

Vancouver battled back late to pick up single point

Dallas Smith, Terri Clark to perform on CP Holiday Train’s B.C. stops

Annual festive food bank fundraiser rolling across province from Dec. 11 to 17

Poole’s Land finale: Tofino’s legendary ‘hippie commune’ being dismantled

Series of land-use fines inspire owner Michael Poole to sell the roughly 20-acre property.

Paul Bissonnette joins Vancouver Warriors after tweeting he could walk on to an NLL club

Bissonnette will join the Warriors for their final week of training camp at Rogers Arena

Port Alberni mom takes school district to court over Indigenous smudging, prayer in class

Candice Servatius, who is an evangelical Christian, is suing School District 70

Most Read