BRIAN WILLIAM BANKS

JUNE 1, 1933 – DECEMBER 22, 2016

On a cold December day, we lost the man known to many as ‘Gramps’. Brian was a kind and gentle man who liked to share a joke with us all. Brian was very strong and independent, always putting his family first, and determined to take care of himself to not be a burden to anyone. Brian was predeceased by his wife Georgina and son David, his brother Alec and step-brothers Bill, Hugh and Paul Calder. He leaves behind his step-brother Ted (Ardith) Calder, daughters, Barbara, Jeanne (Mickey), son Steven (Laurie) and daughter-in-law Sandy, his grandchildren Tracy, Sherry, Gerry, Douglas, Shauna, Brian, Michelle, Wesley, Kevin, Aimee, Whitney & Stephanie, his 11 great grandchildren, his childhood friends and in-laws Alan & June Coles and dear friends and travel companions John & Donna Rees and Shirley Rainey. Brian was born in Edmonton and moved to Victoria as a young child. He made his home in Victoria, enjoying his family and many friends until he moved to Cobble Hill in 1974. He was a mechanic by trade and owned multiple businesses over the years, including gas stations, repair shops and auto wrecking yards. Brian worked alongside his son David, until he retired in the 90s. When he wasn’t working, Brian loved to spend countless hours curling, on his boat fishing, or in his yard tending his gardens. A service will be held at Royal Oak Burial Park on January 14, 2017 at 1:30 PM. A tea will follow in Gordon Head. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.