AMHERST - Deane Maston will always have a place in Dickey Park.
The Maston family has made that possible with a memory bench placed there in his honour - the first purchased bench of the project.
"Dad loved to walk. He walked everywhere in the town and he would have loved to walk in this park," daughter Sherry said, just four months after her father passed away and the bench was created.
"We need more places like this."
As Deane's wife, Ginger thought the memory bench was a great idea, and something tangible that she could actually do.
"There were a number of donations that came in during his death, so we thought we would do this," said Ginger.
Over the years, Deane was someone who was always there for his family.
"My favourite memory is just of him being the best dad. Whether it was good or bad, I could always go to him," Sherry said.
"There is no one quite like him," added Ginger.
When the Mastons first heard about the memory bench project, they jumped at the chance to have one placed in Deane's memory.
"It's a great idea," said Ginger, adding she knew it was going to be a good project when she found out Rodney Long with Campbell's Funeral Home was involved.
The memory bench project was kicked off in the middle of July and since then, roughly a dozen benches have been purchased to be placed at various locations throughout town.
Some are at Dickey Park where Deane's sits, others are at the Amherst Cemetery and the Lions Park on Cornwall Avenue.
"The project is a really good idea. It's a way for family members to have a reminder of a loved one," Sherry said.
At the age of seven, Deane's granddaughter Alex also thinks the bench is a nice touch.
"My grandfather would sometimes take a little walk with me," she said, adding her favourite thing to do with Deane was going clamming in Five Islands.
For Alex's mother and Deane's daughter-in-law, Joanne, Deane was another father to her.
"He really would do anything for you," she said.
For more information on the project or to order a bench, contact Rodney Long at Campbell's Funeral Home at 667-9906.