Update: December 8, 2015
Alphonsus's memorial bench will be at Queen Elizabeth Park
Thanks to all the friends and family who wanted to memorialize Alphonsus with your generous contributions, we now have a wonderful location picked for Alphonsus's bench in Queen Elizabeth Park. It will still take a few months for the new cedar bench to replace the currently aged one, but we're excited to announce the site. Click the above photo for a larger, printable map of its exact location. Of course, once the new bench has been installed & dedicated with the plaque inscription, we will update here with photos.
Update: November 26, 2015
We are incredibly touched by the speed at which this goal was achieved for Alphonsus’s memorial bench. As soon as the City’s Park Board has confirmed the specifics, we will update with the location, a photo of the bench, & its dedication plaque.
Original campaign: November 21, 2015
Your thoughts & prayers are condolence enough, but should friends desire:
We are collecting towards a memorial park bench to be installed at Oak Meadows or Queen Elizabeth Park [TBD & will be announced here]. A peaceful sanctuary, nestled only a few minutes away from both Alphonsus’s long-time home & work. He would appreciate the restful tribute where all can go to remember him. We trust he'd be truly heart-warmed to know that those who love & miss him can forever-go, sit at his bench, surrounded by the beauty of nature he loved.
The City of Vancouver & its Parks Board has allowed for us to collect towards an enduring gift, which not only designates Alphonsus's legacy bench with an inscribed bronze plaque, but also forever-funds the continued maintenance of the bench & its park surrounds. To achieve this, the City's suggested goal is $25,000 for an endowment fund. Of course, all donations will go towards reaching this goal of a permanent legacy in honour of Alphonsus. (If the $25,000 goal is reached, all surplus donations will be donated to S.U.C.C.E.S.S. via a endowment fund set up in honour of Alphonsus.)