There is a bench in the Boston Garden we all have seen before in the movie Good Will Hunting. There Robin Williams sat with Matt Damon and delivered a monologue to be remembered.
(Updated Sept 2015 in the wake of changes made to Bostons Tree/Bench Donation Program)
I would like to ensure that he is forever rememebered, and while the bench itself is no longer in the Public Garden, that shouldn't stop us from seeing if we cannot have a permanent monument to someone who touched so many lives.
The City of Boston has a program for Tree/Bench donation. You can find the PDF here:
This fund would allow for the placement of a memorial plaque at the space where Robin Williams sat during this film to memorialize his tragic passing. In the wake of recent changes to pricing we are also looking at the alternative of planting a tree over the currently claimed bench with its own plaque in Mr Williams honor.
I am resolute in continuing to raise funds for this until satisfactory completion and the placement of an appropriate memorial.If, for any reason, the funds are simply unable to be raised in order to complete the formal memorial I will gauge donor interest for a secondary option or will make a donation to one of the charities Robin Williams regularly supported (such as St Judes Childrens Hospital or Comedy Relief)
Let us remember his life and cherish the gifts he gave. Let this memorial be a place for collection and thought on the true value of human life and to remember those who battle depression and mental illness and offer them our support.
In the name of 100% transparency. We have all seen how tragedy can be abused for personal gain. I can understand and even respect criticism. So let me be as truthful as I can.
My name is Robert Blache, a resident of Woburn Massachusetts. While I have no direct relationship to Robin Williams I, like many others, have been directly affected by his message and life. He brought a great deal of joy to me in times where I thought there was none. I never had the opportunity and honor of personally thanking him for that, but with this, I intend to do what I can in his memory. If you want to reach me with any questions/concerns/suggestions, feel free to contact me through gofundme. I will respond as soon as I am able to any messages I recieve.
I have also established a facebook group as a memorial and point of contact. www.facebook.com/rememberanceandawareness. Feel free to join us and share your memories and well wishes.