Memorial bench for young boy is installed

Elias Baer — Enterprise Staff Writer
Monday, October 12, 2020
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Greg and Cassidy Leonard are pictured with a bench on Yellowstone Gateway Museum grounds that memorializes their son, Cayden, who died in an accident nearby on July 18, 2019. 

Enterprise photo by Elias Baer

On Oct. 8 Cassidy and Greg Leonard helped a contractor, Trent Ryles, build and install a bench memorializing their son Cayden, who was killed in an accident last year.

The new bench, inscribed with Cayden’s name, is in front of the Yellowstone Gateway Museum. The accident occurred very near the museum at the intersection of Chinook St. and an alleyway. 

Cayden was 11 years old when he died. Cassidy said he and his friends often rode their bikes around that area.

On the one-year anniversary of Cayden’s July 18, 2019 accident, Cassidy’s employer contacted the Leonards to inform them of the memorial bench project.

“My employer, Child Care Connections, paid for (the bench),” said Cassidy. “It was a whole combination of employees that donated money and our board of directors.” 

Cassidy has been an eligibility specialist at Child Care Connections for the past two years, helping to administer a scholarship that helps low-income parents afford child care. 

Installing a bench inscribed with Cayden’s name won’t necessarily mean closure but it will serve an important purpose, Cassidy said. 

“I would say that the bench being there, at the site where it happened, is a good reminder for the community as a whole,” she said.