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BANKS, Edward - On December 9, 1925, Edward was given life and on January 5, 2019 it was his time to give it back. Peacefully, with his daughter Angela holding his hand and the caring support workers keeping him comfortable.

He moved from this life to be with Joan, his wife of 70 years and family and friends who had gone before. He was the second youngest of eight who will all be waiting for him. His blue eyes will sparkle and his smile will shine brightly as he meets them.

Born in Liverpool, England he experienced the war years and was evacuated, with his younger sister "Betty" to a farm, away from their family. Underaged, he signed up to serve in the Royal Navy in September 1943 until February 1947, keeping many painful memories to himself. He moved on to the Merchant Navy and went around the world.

He married Joan, had a daughter Angela and in 1960 came to Canada. He was happy working all over Ontario for WIMPEY Construction as a Site Accountant.

Memories of Florida, trips to England, the cottage, golf, Lawn bowling, bocce, dogs "Chien" and "Freeway" and fun with people made him smile. Singing and entertaining in Florida at Tree Lakes with Joan was special for them both. He will be missed but fondly remembered by family and friends in Canada, England and the United States.

A Celebration of Life will be held at Dods & McNair Funeral Home, Orangeville on Monday, January 21, 2019 at 3:00 p.m. with visitation one hour prior.

In lieu of donations, sing a song, celebrate your own life and those who are a part of it and SMILE.

My thanks to the staff at Dufferin Oaks, Long Term Care, Shelburne, for your compassion, kindness, support and hugs over these difficult months. To family and friends who have continued to give messages and their time to help me through my losses, I thank you all.