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Ivan Raymond Banford was born to Jim and Myrtle Banford (both deceased) on a farm near Earl Grey, SK on June 28, 1935, the youngest of eight siblings, Margaret Grant (Charlie) nee Banford (both deceased), William Banford (Edna) (both deceased), Alan Banford (deceased), Leslie Banford (Betty), Edward Banford (Verna), Earl Banford (Helen) (both deceased) and Noreen Banford.
IVAN passed away suddenly on Saturday, December 8, 2012 at the age of 77 years. He is survived by his loving wife of 53 years, Joan Banford; son Rhory Banford (Connie) and their children Raymond Banford and Shelley Banford; Daughter Dale Switzer and her children Trevor Switzer, Calvin Church, Christopher Rederburg; as well as many nieces, nephews and cousins.
IVAN was an employee of the Government of Saskatchewan where he helped administer The Companies Act and The Societies Act for 34 years until retirement in 1987. He helped form the Organized Hamlet of Strasbourg Beach, SK, in 1990 and supervised its incorporation as a Resort Village of Island View, heading up the first council as Mayor in 1994.
IVAN loved sports. He loved gardening. He enjoyed playing cards with friends and he enjoyed good humour. He enjoyed last winter in Arizona. He was creative and demonstrated many times his ability to accomplish whatever he applied himself to, in later years producing several unique works in clay.
IVAN supported animal rights groups promoting kinder treatment and responsible long term commitment toward the animals under people's care.
IVAN was a quiet, gentle, kind, caring person with great love for people. Ivan is sorely missed by Joan as he will be greatly missed by his family, his many friends and acquaintances.
A VISITATION for family and friends will be held at Regina Funeral Home on Sunday, December 16, 2012 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
A SERVICE OF CELEBRATION of his life will be held at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 1:00 p.m. followed by lunch. Interment will take place in the Earl Grey Cemetery, in Earl Grey, SK shortly thereafter.
In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Ivan may be made to the Children's Health & Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan, #850 - 410 22nd Street East, Saskatoon, SK S7K 5T6.
The above photo was taken of Ivan on the afternoon very shortly before his passing by photographer Don Fairbairn, Saskatchewan Beach, SK.
How much do I love You..?
I cannot say how much, or why,
nor do I know if we can have forever.
But surely then this must be true,
for we have loved and grown old together.
Joan Banford nee Halton.
Family and friends are invited to sign the online obituary and tributes page at www.regina-memorial.ca. Arrangements entrusted to


Published in The Regina Leader-Post from Dec. 12 to Dec. 14, 2012