Quinte, On. real estate agent: Dr. Rain's Bench in Trenton

Dr. Rain's Bench in Trenton

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.

Comment balloon 9 commentsMalcolm Johnston • May 28 2011 01:56PM


Malcolm, it is great that your town makes time and benches to remember those you help make the community what it is.  People like Dr. Rain are important parts of every community and should always be remembered.  --Krystal

Posted by Krystal Knott, Breckenridge CO Real Estate & All Summit County CO (LIV Sotheby's International Realty) almost 8 years ago

What a beautiful reminder.  Sounds like a great community and place to call home.

Posted by Kristen Wheatley, Supporting Success - Best Job in the World! (Better Homes & Gardens | The Masiello Group) almost 8 years ago

Wish there were more people around like Dr. Rain, Malcolm.....nice memorial to him!

Posted by Al & Peggy Cunningham, Brokers, Our Family Wants To Help Your Family! (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago

Malcolm - It suggests a nice sense of community and that's always a good thing.

Posted by Norma Toering Broker for Palos Verdes and Beach Cities, Palos Verdes Luxury Homes in L.A. (Charlemagne International Properties) almost 8 years ago

Malcolm, I hope his family reads your blog. I'm sure they would be pleased to know he is remembered.

Posted by Janice Ankrett, Staging Professional (Janice Ankrett Home Staging) almost 8 years ago


That was a particularly great post, dedication to someone who has passed on.


Posted by Brian Madigan, LL.B., Broker (RE/MAX West Realty Inc., Brokerage (Toronto)) almost 8 years ago

Malcolm, I know that feeling you are writing about. Connections are important to us.

Posted by Charles Edwards Bentonville, AR REALTOR, Bentonville Real Estate Agent and Broker (Coldwell Banker Harris McHaney & Faucette 479-253-3796 ) almost 8 years ago

Malcolm--That is a nice tribute to Dr. Rain.  Erie has benches dedicated to our citizens.  Some are well-known others just like Dr. Rain.  Thanks for sharing your memories this weekend.

Posted by Mary Yonkers, Erie/PA Real Estate Instructor (Alan Kells School of Real Estate/Howard Hanna Real Estate) almost 8 years ago

Malcolm, the fact that you knew this doctor, and had interacted with him, is something that will always bind you to this bench.

Posted by Chris Smith, South Simcoe, Caledon, King, Orangeville Real Esta (Re/Max Chay Realty Inc., Brokerage) almost 8 years ago