OBITUARY

Michael Laird Banks

July 14, 1959May 30, 2021

Banks, Michael Laird, of Smith’s Cove Digby Co. passed away suddenly on May 30, 2021 at his home in Smith’s Cove. Michael was born on July 14, 1959 in Toronto, Ont. and was the son of Laird and Carol (Cornett) Banks of Smith’s Cove.

Michael attended schools in Toronto, Weymouth, Digby and Middleton. He was employed at Fundy Spray Campground as grounds maintenance for 35 years, Annapolis Maintenance and finally at Smith’s Cove Lawn Maintenance. Michael enjoyed meeting and talking with people ,those he worked with as well as those he met on his walks through Digby. He was a strong Tampa Bay Lightning and Maple Leaf fan. When the Leafs and Lightning would play he would say, “I can’t lose tonight”. He was a faithful member of the Smith’s Cove Baptist Church and was a man of great faith. He was an associate member of the Smith’s Cove Fire Dept., where he volunteered his time. He had a strong interest in history, both his family and in the Digby area. He enjoyed meeting and talking hockey with the late Howard Dill, when he would take Richard to King’s Edgehill. He loved his granddaughters and enjoyed his time with them at the playground, on drives, walks, reading to them or watching hockey.

He will be greatly missed by his loving wife Valerie, son Richard, Parents , mother in law, Louise Potter and his two adored and beloved granddaughters Claire and Chole. Besides his parents, Laird and Carol Banks, Michael leaves behind his loving wife of 35 years, Valerie (Potter) Banks, son Richard (Melissa Meuse), Hebron; and granddaughters Claire and Chloe. Funeral arrangements have been entrusted to Jayne’s Funeral Home, 15 Birch St. Digby. Special thanks to the Paramedics, the RCMP who attended with compassion, the Smith’s Cove Fire Dept. and Rev. Mark Cress. Donations in memory can be made to the Nova Scotia Heart and Stroke Foundation or the Canadian Diabetic Association. Share a memory or leave an online condolence at www.jaynesfuneralhome.com

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Fred & Darlene Raymond

June 18, 2021

Laird, Carol, Valerie, Richard and family. Words cannot express our sincere, heartfelt sympathy on Mike's passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you over the next days, weeks and months to come.

Fred & Darlene Raymond

June 12, 2021

Laird, Carol, Valerie, Richard & family. No words can express the full measure of our sympathy to you all in Mike's sudden passing. Whenever we visited the Cove and bumped into Mike he always had time for a chat. You all are in our thoughts and prayers over the days and weeks to come.

Peter and Marion Croft

June 11, 2021

Just learned today of Michael's passing! We were very saddened by this news. Peter, in particular, enjoyed conversations with him about hockey, of course. We know it is a very difficult time for the entire family and send our love.

Norman Lockyer

June 8, 2021

I played pick up hockey with Michael some years ago. In later years would meet him and that great smile for a short hello. Then I met him at the arena while public skating with grand daughter. Always a pleasure. May his family get strength from their great memories of Michael.

Neepers and Sabeans

June 7, 2021

We were so very surprised and sad to hear of Mike's passing. Our hearts are broken for Laird and Carol as well as Val and Richard. Much love and prayers have been sent your way. We will continue to pray for peace for all of you and for your wonderful memories of Mike to fill the loss you're feeling now. Much love, Irene, Andy and Larry, and family.

Greg Cornett

June 5, 2021

Aunt Carol, Uncle Laird, Val, and Richard – We were so shocked and saddened to hear of Michaels sudden passing. We read through the many tributes online and he certainly had great impact on not only family and friends, but the entire community. It’s been a long time since we last saw Michael, but the comments reflect what we know of him as extraordinarily kind, caring and always there to lend a hand. He will be missed and our thoughts are with all of you. Greg, Andrea, Chris and Jocelyn

Valerie Mount

June 4, 2021

I got to know Michel, Valerie and Richard when I was pianist at Smith's Cove Baptist Church. Such a pleasant and friendly fellow. My sincere sympathy to all of the family.

Diane Skinner

June 4, 2021

Saddened to hear of Mike's passing. Our family has many wonderful memories of "Fundy Spray " when Mike would greet us with that big smile . he always had a kind word for everyone. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family . RIP Mike

Angela O’Neil

June 3, 2021

So sorry to hear of Michael’s passing. I taught Michael when he attended DRHS. I have many pleasant memories of Michael. He was a very determined and conscientious young man. I remember that nothing brought Michael more joy than completing his work regardless of how long it took him. He was indeed an example to others in the class and was a very positive influence on all of us. Most of all I remember his smile. Meeting Michael many years later I was surprised that he remembered me and I was touched by how proud he was of his wife and his son Richard. Digby / Smiths Cove has lost one of their finest citizens.
My sincere condolences to Carol, Laird, Valerie and Richard.

Rudy Tinker

June 3, 2021

Our sincere condolences to Valerie, Richard, Carol and Laird. Mike was always very sociable and eager to engage in a friendly conversation every time I / we met up with him. I first became acquainted with Mike when I started playing rec. hockey back in the 1980s. We played on the same team for a few years. Mike greatly enjoyed the games, and he'd often reminisce about those times whenever our paths happened to cross over the passing years. It certainly seemed to mean a lot to him. Mike will be greatly missed by all who had the good fortune of knowing him. Rest in peace, Mike.

Rudy & Sally Tinker

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