November 25, 1921 ~ January 12, 2015
With much love and sadness we announce the peaceful death of John Banks on Monday, January 12, 2015. John is survived by his son, David (Grace), and grandchildren Nathan Banks and Charis St. Pierre (Joshua). He is predeceased by his wife of 64 years, Hazel who died seven weeks ago, ten older siblings Clair, Ted, George, Bill, Kitchie, Fred, Len, Flo, Pat and Larry, and his granddaughter Angela Olson.
John Clifford Banks was born November 25, 1921 in Stratford, Ont. As he grew up he enjoyed racing his father’s pigeons, and canoeing with his brothers in Algonquin Park. When WW2 befell John served as a signaller (forward observer) in the Royal Canadian Artillery, which involved flying in Auster two seat Air Observation Post aircraft over the English Channel, the
Netherlands, and finally over Germany. After the war John worked as a compositor, setting type and designing ads for a number of magazines and printing firms in southern Ontario. He ended his career at the University of Toronto Press.
In 1950 John married Hazel Rosella Harrop. They lived in Toronto until his retirement in 1983 when they moved to Chilliwack to be near their grandchildren. John enjoyed camping, horseback riding, playing his viola in a small church orchestra, and choral singing.
A funeral service will be held on Monday, January 19 at 12:30 p.m. in the chapel of the Chilliwack Alliance Church, 8700 Young Road, Chilliwack BC. In lieu of flowers, if friends so desire, donations may be made in his memory to Hungry for Life International