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BANKS, Barrie Robert

May 25, 1945 – Regina, Saskatchewan
July 26, 2019 – Calgary, Alberta

Barrie Banks, beloved husband of Carol Banks (nee Holme) of Calgary, Alberta, passed away on Friday, July 26, 2019 at the age of 74 years.

Barrie graduated from Crescent Heights High School in 1965 after great athletic success in baseball and football. He joined the Canadian Forces, Royal Canadian Army; Sergeant Banks (Signaller, GP1) serving from May 25, 1961 – November 15, 1965. Barrie reenlisted as Regular Forces; becoming Private Banks (Radio Operator) from October 24, 1967 – February 1, 1969. Barrie took great pride in his service to our country and was quite active in the Legion after retirement.

Barrie and Carol started their married life in October 1967 and moved to Canmore before settling in Calgary, following his career into oil and gas. Barrie started with Gulf Oil and moved to Oil & Gas marketing at Calgary Co-op when his daughters were young, leaving his position in 1993. Barrie upgraded his marketing education at SAIT in the 80’s while at the same time training for marathons, eventually the Police Half Marathon in 1990. Barrie’s love of his lawn and pond was widely known, and he spent dozens of hours weekly ensuring the beauty of his yard. Carol and Barrie shared their passion for gardening and enjoying a glass of wine on their gorgeous deck, watching the sunset.

Barrie was very close to his brother-in-law Tom, his niece Sheri, her husband Gord, and their children Kristi, Karli, and Derek. Sheri has forever been a wellspring of support and love for our family but especially during this very difficult year during Barrie’s life with glioblastoma. Barrie has a special place in his heart for his cousin Lesli, his uncle Mike and mourned with them the great loss of Aunt Irene just two years ago. His brothers Syd and Terry, and his sister Lori, brought comfort, laughter and friendship during visits so happy that Barrie laughed out loud again this winter. Thank you.

Carol and her daughters share their appreciation with the many neighbours, friends, and family who have taken time to help with walking Jewel, bringing meals and treats, and visiting with Barrie at Mayfair long term care centre.

Nothing, it seemed, would slow Barrie down; even now, I’m not sure it has.

Barrie leaves to mourn his devoted wife of fifty-one years, Carol, whom will deeply grieve the loss of her best friend and love since their teenage years. Sharing her profound loss are Barrie’s brilliant daughters, Theresa Banks and her children Aidan, Lynnea, Madeleine, and Mitchell; and Melinda Snyder and her husband Matthew. Barrie deeply loved his daughters and grandchildren; he made himself available for countless concerts, competitions, rescue and repair missions.

Barrie was predeceased by many close family members including his newborn daughter Stephanie in 1972 and his parents, Bob and Judy Banks. More recently he was preceded by his siblings Cindy Banks and Randy Banks, his mother-in-law Gerry Holme, his Aunt Irene Wiwad, and his sister-in-law Judy Sidam.

A Celebration of Barrie’s Life will be held at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY (Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road S.E., Calgary, AB) on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. Reception to follow in the Hospitality Centre at the Funeral Home. Condolences may be forwarded through In lieu of cut flowers, our family requests a potted plant or donation to the charity of your choosing which embraces growth and light.

In living memory of Barrie Banks, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Fish Creek, 14441 Bannister Road SE, Calgary, AB, T2X 3J3, Telephone: 403-256-9575.

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  1. Kim & Gary Lesperance

    Our prayers and thoughts to you Carol and family.
    I remember Barrie as always having kind words and a jovial laugh.
    Heaven will never be the same …..only better. Can you imagine the conversations he and Auntie Irene will be having now…….
    Love you all

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  2. We are sorry to hear of Barries passing. Our condolences to you and your family. It has been a long time since we were together,but we had so many good times they will not be forgotten. Our love Dianne and Tom

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  3. Carol and Family please accept our deepest condolences, it was a great pleasure to have spent some special occasions with the both of you , Barry will be greatly missed. Hold onto all the great memories Hugh & Karen Cox

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  4. Daniele Chabot & Graeme King

    We would like to offer our sincere condoleances to you Carol and your family. May the wonderful memories stay with you forever and bring peace as time goes by.

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  5. Garry and Sue Auvigne

    Carol we would like to offer you and your family our thoughts and prayers at this very sad time. Barrie had lots of fun with his army buddies telling jokes and bsing over coffee. We will miss these good times. We will be out of town and can not make the Celebration of Barries life but are thinking of you all.

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  6. Colonel Lee Thompson

    My most sincere apologies for missing the funeral. I had to deal with some serious bank fraud Thusday spending most of the day at CIBC. Barrie was a great soldier and a great Canadian and he will be missed by all of us. He showed great leadership in chairing our RCASC conference and many other battalion functions. My favorite memory of Barrie was when the seven of us built the memorial cairn at the museum. I don’t think there were any great craftsmen there but there was certainly a lot of heart and comradeship and I was lucky to be one of the participants
    To Carol and the girls my sincere condolances, know that you are in my thoughts and prayers

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  7. To Carol, Melinda, Theresa, and family. I am so sorry to hear of your loss. By all accounts, Barrie was a ‘soldier’ right to the end. He sure was a ‘character’ and he was always an integral part of our Tower Dental get-togethers. He really knew how to keep a party going. Barrie was a very good, decent man and he will live on in an awful lot of people’s memories. Please know that my thoughts are with you all at this very difficult time.

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