In memory of
Frank H. Banks
Mr. Frank H. Banks, of Meredith, NH, and formerly a longtime resident of Wakefield, passed away peacefully at Forestview Manor in Meredith on Sunday, October 16, 2016, at age 89.
Frank was born in Melrose on July 22, 1927, son of the late Joseph M. Banks and Ruth M. (Gibbons) Banks. Raised in Wakefield, he graduated from Wakefield High School, and was motivated to serve his country before the age of 18. He enlisted into the United States Coast Guard during WWII and throughout his life remained forever proud of his honorable service.
Frank worked as a mechanical designer/engineer for a variety of companies. He retired at age 62 from Scully Signal Company in Wilmington, after a career developing gauges and controls for the safe storage and delivery of oil worldwide. Frank was an intelligent man who enjoyed his work, but always remained humble. Recently, he had remarked that he had a very good life, and was thankful for the many good and nice people he had met. For many years, he and wife Betty enjoyed spending time golfing together, and spent the winters in Ft. Myers, Florida.
In his free time, Frank enjoyed the thrill of the outdoors. Time spent away was generally centered around the Lake Winnipesaukee region. Frank loved hunting white tailed deer with family and friends in New Hampshire and Maine. In his younger days, he trained his eye with duck or pheasant hunting, and really enjoyed salmon or trout fishing on Lake Winnipesaukee with son Steve. He rarely if ever, ate any of the fish or meat, preferring to return to the lake and provide as a gift to someone else. Frank was a good hearted man, with a stubborn independence, and quiet strength. He will be missed.
Mr. Banks was the beloved husband of the late Elizabeth M. "Betty" (Hollett) Banks with whom he shared 59 years of marriage. Devoted father David S. Banks of Buzzards Bay, Kerry L. Banks and her husband Mark Nowlan of Brownsville, VT, and Steven P. Banks and his significant other Kimberly Gauthier of Moultonboro, NH. Caring brother of the late Wilhelmina Crane of Spring Hill, Fl. Loving grandfather of Brian, Eric, Chloe, and T'ien Banks. Also survived by 3 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends will gather in honor and remembrance of Frank's life for his Funeral Service at the Robinson Funeral Home, 809 Main St., Melrose celebrated on Thursday, October 20 at 10am. Interment with military honors by the US Coast Guard in Wyoming Cemetery, Melrose. Donations in Frank's memory may be made to the First Parish Congregational Church, PO Box M, Wakefield MA 01880.
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