OBITUARY

Dr. Charles Nicholas Banner

13 November, 193230 May, 2020

Dr. Charles Nicholas Banner (born Karoly Miklos Banreti-Fuchs) passed away suddenly on Saturday, May 30, 2020 at age 87 years.

He is survived by his daughter Caroline, her husband David, and his son Robert Edward Banner. He was predeceased by his wife Cornelia (Truus) Banner to whom he was married for 54 years (1958-2012).

In 1945 Charles fled Hungary with his mother and aunt. He spent the next three years at a boarding school in Bavaria run by Benedictine monks. As a refugee after World War II, Charles relocated to the Netherlands where he studied Psychology earning his Doctorate at the University of Utrecht. From 1958-1960 Charles served as an Officer in the Royal Netherlands Air Force. Upon immigrating to Canada in 1960 Charles worked as a Psychologist at the Ontario Hospital in St. Thomas. He later became Chief Psychologist. Dr. Banner went on to have a distinguished career serving at the Collegiate Institute Board of Ottawa, as Associate Professor of Psychology at Laurentian University in Sudbury, as Associate Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology at the University of Calgary, as Director of the Psychology Department at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital in Edmonton, and as Supervisor of Rehabilitation Psychology, Acting Director of the Psychology Department, and Program Director of General Psychology at the Alberta Hospital in Edmonton.

Charles had a wonderful sense of humour, enjoyed travelling and photography, and was very close to his family and friends.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations can be made to the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada at https://www.heartandstroke.ca/get-involved/donate.

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  • A private graveside service will be held at a later date

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Willy Oranje-mulder

20 July 2020

My sincere condolences on the passing of your father- father-in-law.
I remember very well when I met them in 1985
I lived together with Peter Asmus, his oldest study friend and they were for a holiday and visit in Holland and Hungary like they used to do.That day they were going to visit the clinic Peter worked and later we did some sightseeing in Gemert and had dinner together in our home
Truus and I got on very well.And after that year, I saw them every year when they came to Holland,visiting your grandmother and going to Hungary

After inviting us so many times,we went in 1995 to Canada and we made a wonderful trip together

After I split up with Peter I got a nice letter from Truus and our friendship went on .I visited them several times
And after the passing of Truus I emailed with Charles and visited him. Hé was a real good true friend for many years
I’ll miss him ,but the good memory ‘s stay

Reg & Willy Gardener

10 July 2020

We are both saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Banner. Both of us had the pleasure of knowing him and working with him while employed at Alberta Hospital Edmonton.
Today we send Robert, Caroline and David our belated condolences.

Fons and Tonie Dekker

11 June 2020

We met Charles through De Krant, and enjoyed meeting him at the coffee group a couple of times. We also had him over at our place and brought him in contact with a Hungarian neighbour. Charles was very witty and, even though it was hard to communicate due to his limited hearing, we enjoyed his company.

Maggie Tweddle

11 June 2020

I was saddened to hear that Charles died recently. I was also shocked to see how many years it was since Cornelia died.
We were colleagues at Alberta Hospital Edmonton. Cornelia and I worked together, on the same unit, for a long while.
As well as being fine professionals to both their profession and patients they were also good friends and fine company. I remember some good gatherings both in Edmonton and Calgary where, over a meal, we enjoyed food , wine and music but most of all the conversation.
Rest in the memories of those you loved and helped.

Mees Boer

10 June 2020

I would like to offer my condolences to you as daughter, son and son-in-law of Charles Banner.

Charles was the best friend of my brother-in-law, Wim Isarin. This friendship began when they both studied psychology in Utrecht. Charles was the first to leave the Netherlands with his wife Truus. Wim followed them a few years later to Canada.
Although they did not always work closely together, their friendship remained strong. When both retired, they met again in the same city, Calgary.

Every week they met at their favorite coffee corner in downtown Calgary and took long walks along the Bow River. They always spoke Dutch during these walks.
When my wife Berny Isarin and I visited Wim in Calgary, we were always warmly welcomed at the home of Truus and Charles on Dalhousie Drive. We dined together several times.

My brother-in-law Wim Isarin became seriously ill during a cruise and later died in Adelaide, Australia. Many things needed to be arranged in Calgary and my son Jaco, my wife Berny and I were received most warmly by Truus and Charles. We could stay with them for a whole week. During those days, Charles was a great help in arranging the cremation, the conversations with the Trust that would settle the estate and the clearing of Wim's apartment. Nothing was too much for him. Without Charles, we wouldn't have been able to handle everything so well.
Thereafter, we have always maintained good mail contact. We wrote each other with birthdays and New Year and told each other how our families fared.

Unfortunately, due to health problems, we were not able to visit each other again.
We remember Charles with great gratitude; a calm, friendly, erudite personality that we would have liked to meet even more.

We – Jaco, Berny and I – wish you every strength in coming to terms with the loss of your dear father and father-in-law.

Mees Boer, 's-Gravendeel, The Netherlands

Donald Croft

7 June 2020

My sincere condolences on the passing of Dr. Banner. Although I was his colleague at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital for only 6 years, I always appreciated his effective leadership and management style, which was a reflection of his calm personality. One of many memories that I have is him telling the story of an employment interview for a position at the Glenrose. The potential employee used Dr Banner as a potential reference for his accomplishments on a special project, but used Dr. Banner’s original name, as the person to contact. The problem was that Dr. Banner had never met this person before. Needless to say, the prospective employee was shown the door.

Isobel Patchett

5 June 2020

My heartfelt thoughts are with you. I have many happy memories of time spent with your parents. I will miss his emails and Christmas letter. Sincerely, Isobel Patchett

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY