BAN Stephan Ban - to some Corodini, to others Ben Mordechai - passed away on Tuesday, December 10th at age 79. Anyone who knew Stephan, knows he was the world's finest garage sale shopper, fix-it-upper and Swiss chocolate conossieur. Most importantly, Steve was a loyal husband, brother and friend and a fiercely loving and caring father, grandfather and uncle. Stephan was a Holocaust survivor who escaped Hungary in the revolution of 1956, and came to the US in 1958. He was a mechanical and electrical engineer, and inventor who held many patents. In the 1970's, while he worked for the Department of Defense, he pursued his true calling as the magician 'Corodini', performing on television and theaters in Europe and the US. He moved to Marathon in 1977 and owned the Wooden Spoon restaurant and the Fairway Market. He is survived by his wife Dr. Eva Gabor Ban and his sister, Elizabeth Ban of Sidney, Australia, as well as his children: Judy Ban Greenman and Robert A. Ban of Marathon, Florida, and Andrea Ban Tecce of Arlington, Virginia. He is also survived by his nephew Tunde Ogunlana, his step son, Miklos Buk, and his grandchildren Kelley, Suzie, Katie, Tiffany, Josh, Amanda, Jeremy, Jesika and "the sweetest one of all," Zelma. His "magic", humor, feistiness, old world wisdom, generous spirit and amazing heart will be greatly missed by his family and friends. Funeral services will be held 2:30 pm on Friday, December 13 at Riverside Gordon at Mt Nebo Kendall, 5900 SW 77th Ave, Miami, Florida 33143. The family will be having a celebration of life at Riverside Gordon -Kendall after the service. The family suggests memorials be made in Stephan's name to his magic club: International Brotherhood of Magicians (IBM) Ring 45, 9850 SW 166th Court, Miami, Florida 33196.
Published in Florida Keys Keynoter / Reporter on Dec. 13, 2013