Stockton family replaces memorial bench


Photo courtesy of John Havrilek

The backrest of the stainless steel bench features a mirror image of the mountains on Kupreanof Island across the Wrangell Narrows.

Walkers, runners and bikers now have a new bench to stop and catch their breath on as they make their way along the 1.7 mile long Scow Bay Bike Path.

The original blue bench was set up in 2007 by Mel Stockton in remembrance of his son, Sam, and his mother, Helen. The bench had been aged quite a bit by the weather of Southeast, but when Stockton decided to have it repainted, he realized the bench would have to be sent to Washington due to the specialized paint used.

So instead, he commissioned Josef Quitslund to create a brand new bench. The stainless steel bench features a landscape that m...

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