There's a bench in downtown Trenton right outside the Scotiabank. I sit there every once in a while, usually when I'm waiting for my son to finish his music lessons.
I like sitting at this particular bench because it's dedicated to the memory of Dr. Cecil Rain, who practiced in Trenton for many years.
Even though I was never a patient of his, I do remember him very well, he was a very kind man and one of my first customers when I owned a gas station. He was one of the first people who I could identify as a "regular" and his visits always seemed to brighten my day, as he always had something nice to say. He was a very well respected and positive person. He always took good care of his car, and he seemed very particular. The phrase "old fashioned gentleman" comes to mind, although being a gentleman should never be out of fashion.
It's nice to see a reminder of him right downtown, and I'm sure that many people who read the marker on the bench will remember Dr. Rain too. When you live in a smaller community like this, people like Dr. Rain do stand out.
I also enjoy having a personal connection to many of the things around me in Trenton. Even though my interactions with Dr. Rain were restricted to the gas station, every time I sit on the bench I think about him. It's almost like I'm just stopping by to say a brief hello.