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Maurice F. (Reese) Banister


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Maurice F. (Reese) Banister Obituary
F. MAURICE (REESE) BANISTER
84, a native of Riverside, passed away November 30, 2017. He was born on March 15, 1933. Reese graduated from Riverside Polytechnic High School and served in the U.S. Army. After his time in the service, he worked at Sudgen Electric of Riverside. With the encouragement he received there, he went on to become an electrician. Reese worked many years for Herb Spiegel at Corona Industrial Electric.
Reese was instrumental in the acquisition of Riverside's Heritage House and served as a historical advisor to the house's restoration on many levels, specializing in period light fixtures. He volunteered countless hours on the restoration crew in the early years of the effort and did much of the needed electrical work on the house. Reese spearheaded the effort to preserve the Riverside Fox Theater for a number of years while his family was part owners in the property.
After retiring from being an electrician, Reese ran Banister Piano Service with his brother Terry, specializing in piano tuning and rebuilding. He was well known for his expertise in antique player pianos and fine craftsmanship. He was a member of the Old Riverside Foundation, Renovators, Pierce-Arrow Society, Antique Automobile Club of America, and Automatic Musical Instrument Collectors' Association.
He is survived by his brother Ronald Banister of Concord, California along with a niece and nephew, three grandnieces and one grandnephew.
Burial took place at Riverside's Evergreen Cemetery.
Published in Press-Enterprise on Feb. 25, 2018
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