Members of the Luce Family, representatives of the North Tillamook Library Board and friends gathered at North Tillamook Library the day after Thanksgiving to remember husband, father and grandfather Richard Luce with the dedication of a new bench in front of the Library.

Richard Luce, a resident of Manzanita for several years before his death in 2012, was a founder of the community library in Redmond, Washington and a man who loved books and reading. Bev Luce, Richard’s wife, who served on the North Tillamook Library Board for two years, said the family decided that a bench for the enjoyment of library patrons would be the most fitting memorial.

The bench was designed and constructed by Michael J. Kirkland of Michael J. Kirkland Construction. At the dedication Michael said “the opportunity to create this bench to honor Richard and for the enjoyment of the citizens of Manzanita was one that I put my whole heart into.”

In thanking people for coming and providing the opportunity for the family to honor Richard with the bench, Bev said, “Rich always loved learning about new books so I hope when you enjoy sitting on the bench you will tell him about the latest book you are reading. He would like that very much.”