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March-12-18
Growing up in Edmonton,Tommy Banks was a recognized name in our community. A wonderful musician. My sincere condolences to his family.
February-21-18
To Ida and family. Our condolences. We were lucky to travel along a rich path of entertainment in Edmonton with Tommy as the leading light. From Orion to the Embers to the Yardbird we were never let down. All Canadians joined in that benefit of his contributions with Tommy's appointment to the Senate. He was truly great.
Bobbie and Lynn Patrick.
February-14-18
He will truly be missed. He was a great man.My condolences to the family.
February-14-18
As a teenager, Tommy used to deliver groceries on his bike with a big basket for my Grandfather John Browning. He remained a friend of the Browning family for many years
February-14-18
Today my thoughts are of Tommy, a gift to the world. The world will be a less happy place without him. I produced his album "Yes Indeed" for CBC Records. Humble Tom though no one would want a solo Album...Surprise Tom Everyone loved it as we did you...RIP
February-14-18
George "Keoki" Lake has asked me to convey his deep regrets that he is unable to attend the celebration of life for Tommy Banks due to his own recent hospitalization for influenza and other issues. He sends his best wishes to the family.
February-12-18
"The Stage is a World of Entertainment" was the finale of every Orion Musical Theatre production. Tommy, Musical Director, and Dasha Goody,Director, would lead all of us into our rousing "That's Entertainment" before the final curtain. Now Tommy has conducted his last "That's Entertainment" before his final curtain call. I met Tommy when we were 12 years old, and even with all of his accomplishments, he kept in touch. That's the kind of friend he was. Forever missed by all who were privileged to know him.
February-11-18
Sorrowed by his passing. We were contemporaries in Edmonton, and gigged together for about a year circa 1954--His talent was huge, and we diverged because mine wasn't, but he remained a hero always.
February-08-18
So sad to hear of Tommys passing. He was a most gracious and kind man. He put me at ease when I was a young singer on his television show, and got right into the swing of things when we did a concert for Edmontons bicentennial. He could play anything. I insisted he sing. He had a warm lovely voice. My deepest sympathies to Ida and the family. His life was a blessing to all of us.
Pauline Le Bel, Bowen Island, BC
February-08-18
I was truly shocked when I heard of Tom's passing as I thought he would live forever.
He was such a huge influence in my life. I have so many fond memories of the times we had with both Tom and Ida.
I first met Tom when I was 19, singing in a University musical production with Tom as the musical director. We were almost the same age but he became such a big influence as I got involved in musicals, plays and stand up comedy. Tom became my mentor and Ida my agent. He was so supportive in getting me involved in radio, television and gigs around town.
He gave me my first break by inviting me to entertain at his Ember's Night Club. I was also privileged to be part of Tom's CBC Group to fly up North on a military Hercules to entertain the Troops in Inuvik and Whitehorse.
Tom was my hero for the way he was "so cool" at such a young age to play piano for all the celebrities that came into town, like Bob Hope.
Above all his talents, he was the kindest, most friendly, good-natured guy you could ever meet...and he never forgot a name.
It was an honor and privilege for my wife Darlene and me to have Tom for a friend.
There will never be another Tommy Banks.
We will never forget him!

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