BANMAN, Cornelius James (Jim)
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Cornelius James (Jim) Banman, aged 73, passed away on November 19th, 2012, at Red Deer Hospital, Red Deer, Alberta, after a short battle with cancer. The eldest child of the late Julius and Anne (Fehr) Banman, he was born in Aberdeen, Saskatchewan, on May 11th, 1939. He is survived by his loving wife of 35 years, Leslie (Purse), his daughters Patti Nixon (Pat), Christine (Jeremy), sons Chris (Lana), Derek (Janet), Ryan (Lisa) and his grandchildren, Rory and Ashley Nixon, Tember Ulmer, Arysha and Karlee Lalach, Julie, Evan and Amy Banman, Cassie and Christina Banman and Rachel Umhay. He also leaves behind his brother Ron (Dianne), his sisters June Robertson (Rob), Janice Wright, Wanda Jesberger (Jim) and his nieces and nephews; Debbie, Mike, David, Danny, Shelley, Joanna, Julie, Sean, Michael, Jason, Sarah, Amanda, Jordan and Kerrianne. He was predeceased by his nephew Ben Robertson. He is also survived by his former wife Marilyn Stolz (White). Jim was a wonderful, loving husband and father with a great sense of humour, a unselfish willingness to lend a hand to anyone who needed it and a quick smile and friendly wave for everyone he encountered. Family was always first and foremost in his mind and everything he did reflected this. He had a wide circle of friends and was well thought of by all who met him. He worked for the City of Saskatoon for 29 years before retiring in 2004. A strong proponent of blood donation, he was proud of the recognition he received for donating blood over 100 times. He was a proud honorary member of the Corvette Club of Saskatoon and he loved volunteering with curling (Scott Tournament of Hearts). He was an avid golfer who enjoyed and treasured the time he spent golfing with his family and friends. He was quite the handyman and his hobbies included knitting, crocheting, watching sports, doting after the family dog, Honeybee and baking the best homemade rolls. Cremation has taken place under the direction of the Parkland Funeral Home in Red Deer, Alberta. There was no visitation. Internment along with a Service of Remembrance will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Canadian Cancer Society or to the charity of your choice. All who knew Jim are encouraged to share their memories, express condolences and sign the on-line book of Memories at www.parklandfuneralhome.com ,Jim will be dearly missed by all his family and those who knew him but he will never be forgotten.
Published in The Saskatoon StarPhoenix on Nov. 24, 2012