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BANKS, Neil Leslie

January 1, 1970 — January 1, 1970

Neil Banks passed away July 24, 2018 at the age of 93.  Neil was born and raised in the heart of the Annapolis Valley, in Torbrook Mines, NS.  His boyhood years were spent enjoying fishing, snaring rabbits, swimming, skating and apple-picking.  He served overseas in WWII as a Sgt. Air Gunner with the RCAF.  Following graduation from Dalhousie University in 1949, he came west to work for the Hudson’s Bay Co.  Re-joining the RCAF in October, 1950, he served 29 years as a career Logistic Officer, retiring with the rank of Colonel.  He and his wife, Barbara, moved to Kelowna from Ottawa in 1979, and enjoyed their retirement years RVing, gardening, golfing, curling and X-country skiing.  He was a member of 883 Wing, Airforce Assn, FSNA, OK Valley Br.; the Probus Club, and Senior Men’s Curling League.  A long-time fund-raising volunteer with the Cancer Society, he also helped the Kidney Foundation, and local Neighborhood Watch.  Neil will be lovingly remembered by his wife, Barbara and their family – Bruce (Christine) of Mississauga, On; Dwayne (Nancy) of Georgetown, ON; Deb (Jean) Joly of Jasper, AB and Cheryl (Leon) Lyszkiewicz of Calgary; their 8 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.

A private family gathering will be held at a later date.

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  • Mark Iker says:

    Hi Dwayne and family (Carly and Jessie and Bruce and Deb and Cheryl). Very sorry for your loss of your father who is also a grandfather and great grandfather. Sorry we can’t be there but our thoughts and prayers are with you all during this difficult time. We will send a donation to the hospice as well. Take care and love to you all – Mark, Debra, Vanessa, Cameron and Annalicia Iker

  • Kathy Mann says:

    I would like to pass along my deepest sympathies to Barb, Bruce, Cheryl, Dwayne and Debbie, and families. I had the privilege of being in the family for 20 years, knowing Neil, listening to his stories and his laughter. He will be greatly missed by all. xoxo

  • Ian and Irene Hallford says:

    Our deepest sympathies to the Banks family. Your father and grandfather was a man that experienced so many special memories and a life well lived. We are eternally grateful for his service to our country.. Irene, Ian and Sandra Hallford

  • Serena and Jo says:

    To our Dwayne and family,… we are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you at this time. Love Serena and Jo

  • Lorraine Wiley says:

    So sorry to hear of the loss of Dwayne’s father. He sounds like a lovely man who lived a very full life. Our thoughts and prayers are with you both and your family. Love Lorraine, Amber and Shauna Wiley.

  • Brian G Banks says:

    On behalf of Brian, Shuana, Stephanie, and Shelley we would like to send our deepest sympathies. He was an incredible man who will truly be missed. Sending love to you and your family.

  • Marvin Rosenberg says:

    Dear Bruce and family, Susan and I are sorry to hear about the loss of your dad. I hope the happy memories help ease the pain at this time.

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