Friends and family of a young woman who died late last year are devastated after a memorial bench in her honour was stolen from a walking path in Penticton recently. (Submitted)

Memorial bench for young South Okanagan woman who died was stolen

Someone stole the stone bench that was placed at a walking bridge across the creek

A group of friends are devastated over the theft of a bench in Penticton that was custom built in memory of their friend.

“A friend of mine passed away in Penticton near that area and that is where we bring flowers and remember her. We had it custom made and shipped from somewhere in the U.S. and there is even a special poem engraved on it. When I found out someone had stolen it, I honestly cried my eyes out. It is the saddest thing ever. Everyone is broken hearted,” said Al Gibert.

He said the stone bench was placed at a walking bridge across the creek on Government Street near White Avenue that crosses the creek. Gibert said his friend was originally from St. Alberta and friends and family would visit the bench and drop off fresh flowers often. He said the bench was placed on Oct. 17, 2018.

“Her family and friends, as soon as they landed from Alberta would go straight to that very spot and drop flowers off on the bench. A girl that I know was going to drop flowers off there on Saturday (April 20) and it was gone. The city said they didn’t move it, and they said they would notify us if it became an issue or an eyesore. I just don’t know who would do this,” he said.

READ MORE: Shuswap woman asks that people stop swiping daffodils from memorial bed

The young woman’s mother had these words to a poem engraved on the seat of the bench: If tears could build a stairway, and memories a lane. I would walk right up to Heaven and bring you back again.

“We just want it back. They can contact me, they can call the RCMP but the best thing in the world would be they just put it back in its place and there will be no consequences at all. I don’t want to get anyone in trouble, I just want the bench back,” said Gibert.

To report a typo, email: editor@pentictonwesternnews.com.


@PentictonNews
newstips@pentictonwesternnews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Photos: Over 80 competitors took part in 3D Archery Shoot

The event is hosted by the Salmon Arm Fish and Game Club

Girl, 9, out of ICU after carbon monoxide poisoning in Shuswap tent

Her mother who was sleeping in the same tent with her did not survive

Okanagan-Shuswap weather: Severe thunderstorm watch

Environment Canada forecasts thunder, cloud and rain for one more day

Osprey nest in downtown Salmon Arm will remain until new year

The powerlines around the nest have been de-energized so the birds can stay until spring

A 64-year-old dies while mountain biking in Blind Bay

Shuswap Search and Rescue came assist first responders at the scene

Police release photos of suspect in daytime sex assault at Vancouver woman’s home

A young woman, in hers 20s, was followed home by the man, before he violently attacked her inside

Raptors beat Bucks 100-94 to advance to franchise’s first-ever NBA Finals

Leonard has 27 points, 17 boards to lead Toronto past Milwaukee

Third person charged in death of B.C. teen Bhavkiran Dhesi

Inderdeep Kaur Deo facing charge of accessory after the fact to murder

Missing Shuswap teen found safe

The teen was found by searchers at 4:30 a.m. on May 25

Highway 1 closed east of Revelstoke

Highway 1 is closed east of Revelstoke near Canyon Hot Springs due… Continue reading

‘I think he’s still alive’: B.C. mom pleads for help finding son last seen a month ago

Family offering $5,000 reward for information leading to the safe return of Tim Delahaye

Okanagan woman celebrates 101 years young on the back of a Harley Davidson

Last Saturday Violet Madeline celebrated 101 years. A member of the Lower… Continue reading

New poll suggests one-third don’t want politicians to wear religious symbols

Local politicians shouldn’t be allowed to wear hijabs, crucifixes or turbans on the job, survey suggests

Raptors fans far from home adjust plans to watch pivotal playoff game

Raptors currently lead the playoff series 3-2, and a win Saturday would vault them into NBA finals

Most Read