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George R. Banister


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George R. Banister Obituary
George R. Banister, who loved to make people laugh, died peacefully at home, surrounded by family, on Saturday, September 1st, at the age of 86.

George's love for joking resulted in many nicknames, including "Sam," "Magee," "Mike," "Tomatoes," and "Lonesome." In addition to pranks, he enjoyed the outdoors and was an avid hunter (predominantly for deer in Ludlow with his son, nephews and brother), fisherman and camper. A card shark and a natural, patient coach, he taught kids how to play baseball, softball, bowling and soccer. George also enjoyed building and fixing things. In his free time, he would frequently be found watching or listening to sports (especially baseball) while eating peanuts and popcorn.

Born in Erie, Pa., on December 6, 1931, to Everett and Theresa (Draheim) Banister, George graduated from East High School in 1950.

He served our country in the Air Force as an Airman First Class, where he was stationed in England. While attending Gannon University, George met his wife, Mildred "Mitzi" Banister. They were married on September 1, 1956 (and he obediently did everything she said for the next 62 years). As a pipefitter, George worked on pneumatic controls and HVAC units; he also managed job sites. Over the course of his career, he was employed by several companies, including: Lakes Engineering, Honeywell and Spaeders, and was a member of the Steamfitters 449 Union. Despite a busy career, George frequently took his family on both weekend and long-haul camping trips all over the United States. George was an active member Holy Rosary Church, the Lawrence Park Golf Course, East Erie Turners and Siebenbuerger Club.

In retirement, George and Mitzi took full advantage of their time, traveling all over to visit friends and family, while still keeping up with their favorite sports: fishing, golf and bowling. For the last 20 years, they have spent their winters in Florida, the last six of which were in LaBelle, actively participating in the Grandma's Grove Community.

George was preceded in death by two grandsons, Tony Banister, Jacob Pakulski; and five siblings, Richard Banister, Donald Banister, Everett Banister, Lois Lewis, Carol Beale.

He is lovingly survived by his wife of 62 years, Mildred (Mitzi) Banister; son, Joseph Banister (Sharon Zack); two daughters, Annette Seager Allegretto and Brenda Pakulski; five grandchildren, Kelly Szymecki (Mike), Heidi Brown, Sara Stengel, Matthew Pakulski (Aarika), Adam Banister; and several great-grandchildren.

Friends may call at the Dusckas-Taylor Funeral Home, 5151 Buffalo Road, on Wednesday, September 5th from 2 to 5 p.m. and 7 to 9 p.m. Visiting hours will also be held on Thursday, September 6th at Holy Rosary Church, 2701 East Avenue, from 10 to 11 a.m., where a mass will follow at 11 a.m. Following the mass, American Legion Carl Neff Post 571 will render military honors. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Holy Rosary R.C. Church.

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Published in the Erie Times-News from Sept. 4 to Sept. 5, 2018
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