It is with sadness that the family of Tony Banks announces his sudden passing at Royal University Hospital on July, 15th 2012.
He will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 52 years, Mary Katherine (McRae), son Ian (Lise de Moissac) Banks, daughter Catherine (Salman) Wakil, grandchildren Rae, Erik, and Zain, sister Jocelyn (Sandy) Cameron, and several nieces and nephews.
Tony was born and raised in Nelson, BC. He attended Queens University where he graduated in 1958 with a B.Sc. in Mining Engineering. Tony and Mary were married in 1961, they returned to the west coast to attend the University of British Columbia where Tony earned a B.Sc. in Metallurgical Engineering in 1963. Following graduation, Tony accepted a job with Cominco in Kimberly, BC. He became involved in the Cominco Potash Project which brought them to Saskatoon in 1968. In 1979, Tony started a new career with Kilborn Engineering which later became SNC-Lavelin. He retired in 2000 but continued his career as an independent consultant. Tony’s specialty in engineering was potash processing. His expertise was sought for projects in England, Germany, India Thailand, Brazil, Argentina, the Middle East, the United States, as well as across Canada. He was a proud member of the Association of Professional Engineers and CIM.
While Tony’s career led to much national and international travel, it also reinforced his belief that Saskatoon was a great city in which to raise a family, form lasting friendships and enjoy a lively and varied cultural life. One of his favorite community endeavors was the Persephone Theatre. He served on the board of directors in the late 1970s and later enjoyed serving on the building committee for the new theatre. He was also a generous supporter of several other local charities.
Tony’s personal interests included a love of reading, particularly on the subjects of history, religion and politics; traveling, gardening, university football and good scotch.
The twinkle in his eye and the smile on his face endeared him to many and he will be greatly missed by all who knew him.
Flowers are gratefully declined. Donations in Tony’s memory may be made to the Saskatoon Community Foundation. (102 – 308 4th Ave. N. Saskatoon, SK S7K 2L7). A Memorial Service and Life Celebration took place at Saskatoon Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 24th, 2012 at 1:30 pm. Condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Arrangements have been entrusted to Saskatoon Funeral Home.