OBITUARY

Michael "Mike" 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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Christopher Ellis

July 28, 2021

Mike was my first and oldest friend.. a big brother, a cousin, and a lifelong buddy all in one. We had many great times over the years. My folks Pat and Keith are longtime friends of Mike's folks Laird and Carol. I will always cherish the memories of the times we had when all of us got together. I will miss Mike for the rest of my days. My sincerest condolences go out to Mike's family.. Laird, Carol, Val, Richard, and the girls. Farewell, my old friend..

Susan Ellis

July 27, 2021

I knew Mike Banks my entire life as my parents Keith(deceased) and Pat Ellis have been long time friends of Mikes parents Laird and Carol Banks. My brother Chris and Mike were extremely close. To hear of Mikes passing was an incredible shock to our entire family. He was an infectious personality and I for one was always smiling when in his presence. He will be truly missed. I’m extremely thankful my husband (also named) Mike and my daughter Hannah got to meet him the summer of 2019. My sincere condolences to Valerie, Laird and Carol.

Susan Ellis

Christopher Thurber

July 19, 2021

So sorry to hear of Mike's passing, lots of memories of our time with Scotia Gents and our skates at the arena in recent years.

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.

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