Dedicated bench keeps memory alive of local man's late wife at Metro Parks

Fred Brown sits at the Rocky Fork Metro Park where his late wife is honored. (WBNS)

WESTERVILLE, Ohio — At the Metro Parks, some of the benches you sit on have names on them. But did you ever wonder who it's dedicated after?

10TV's Karina Nova sat down on one of those park benches at Rocky Fork Metro Park to find out the story behind one of those plaques.

At 80 years old, Fred Brown still makes it a point to visit the Metro Parks, several times a week.

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And every once in a while, when he needs a rest, he sits on this bench at Rocky Fork Metro Park.

"I talk to her, you know, 'Good morning.' It's kind of special," Fred said.

Fred sits alone, but he talks to his wife, Sheree. She recently passed away from brain cancer.

Her memory lives on in the parks because of the plaque, but also because she and Fred spent so much time exploring them and meeting people.

"Some people make it to the movies or make dinners. The parks was what we shared. It's what got us together and it's what kept us going. Six out of seven days, we were at a Metro Park," he says, "It's what we did. We didn't have money. We went to the parks. We hiked the parks. We loved them. There's such a variety."

While Fred and Sheree loved to travel to far away places, they always found joy close to home.

Fred Brown and his late wife, Sheree. (Courtesy: Frank Brown)

From the gardens at Inniswood Metro Gardens to the views at Chestut Ridge, they went to all of them. Even becoming trail volunteers at Sharon Woods Metro Park, where Sheree made many friends.

"Sheree was a special person, she was kind. She was kind to people, she was kind to animals. I never ran across anybody that didn't like her," Fred said.

Now, Sheree is still sharing her kindness by giving people a place to sit and enjoy nature.

Fred says it's exactly what she would have wanted.

"I think she would think it's a great idea. It's probably one of the better things we did." Fred said.

To learn more about the Commemorative Bench Program at the Metro Parks, click here.

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