Kenneth Earl Banks

Kenneth Earl Banks

Kenneth, known as KB, passed away peacefully at the Rocky Mountain Health Care Centre on July 22, 2016. He was born on the shores of the Shuswap Lake, on a rural farm in Salmon Arm, BC., to Henry and Vera Banks.

After graduation, he worked briefly in the lower mainland, before boarding the PO Oriana for a grand tour of Europe where he forged connections with all his English relatives. In 1973 Ken took a job with Keniston Drilling in Inuvik and fell under the spell of the Arctic. It was twenty-seven years before he came south to Rocky Mountain House. Ken’s amazing memory, sharp wit and willingness to do and try anything endeared him to his family and friends. He loved to travel, read, do crosswords, attend family reunions, golf and go for vigorous walks with his little dog Mandy. He was so loved and will be missed.

He is survived by his long time friend and companion Patricia Gerry. Also survived by his brother James Banks (Patricia), sister Joyce Lennard (Barry), nieces Michelle Lehmann and Tanis Tomlin and nephews Brett and Trevor Banks and numerous great nieces and nephews and friends.

Kenneth was predeceased by his younger brother Joseph.

Any, and all, who remember Ken, or the Banks family, are welcome to join the family for a graveside service in Mt. Ida Cemetery on Tuesday, August 23rd, at 11 a.m., returning KB to his family roots in Salmon Arm. Please gather at Bowers Funeral Home for the procession to the Cemetery, and join the family back in the Mountainside room at Bowers for a time of fellowship and refreshments.

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Arrangements are in the care Bowers Funeral Home, Salmon Arm.

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