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Bench dedicated to ‘consummate’ volunteer

DEL MAR — Standing on the northeast corner of Camino del Mar and 15th Street, Peter Glaser said his wife, Helen, would have loved the location of the latest streetscape item bearing her name.
“It’s a terrific bench in a beautiful location at a hot corner in Del Mar,” he said during a Jan. 28 ceremony dedicating yet another bench to the woman known throughout the city as the consummate community volunteer.
“Helen loved to keep an eye on what was going on in the city,” Glaser said. “And not a week went by that she wasn’t doing some sort of volunteer work.”
Glaser, who passed away in 2009, was active with many city organizations, including the Del Mar Village Association, Del Mar Foundation, Del Mar Historical Society, Chamber of Commerce and Friends of the Powerhouse.
She served on countless committees and volunteered for a number of community events on behalf of the revitalization and historic preservation of downtown Del Mar.
As a volunteer at the visitors center, “Helen really was the face of Del Mar,” her husband said, recalling that her first “office” with the center was “a counter, a bar stool and an umbrella that they kept moving around and she would have to go and find it.”
Glaser said his wife could hold the record for having her name on the most benches in the city.
“I invite you all to sit on one of her benches,” he said. “But if there’s a bird there, don’t shoo it away. It’s probably Helen looking to see what’s going on.”
Mayor Don Mosier said the city depends on the volunteer spirit of people like Glaser. “She was a wonderful ambassador for Del Mar,” he said.