OBITUARY

Robert Albert Banks, Sr.

March 25, 1942May 8, 2019
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Life is eternal, and love is immortal, and death is only a horizon, and a horizon is nothing short of the limit of our sight. Life has to end but love doesn’t.

Robert Banks was born on March 25th, 1942 by the late Dorthy Banks and Hamilton Banks and passed May 8th, 2019 from pancreatic cancer. Upon graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in Queens New York, he set his sights on a beautiful girl living across the street. That girl doing outdoor chores was Leonora Joyce Banks, his future wife of 57 years and adoring soulmate. Even after all those years side by side, he still couldn't believe she chose him.

For 40 years he worked as a butcher. For his entire life, he found happiness in fishing, playing congas, dancing (always dancing), shoot'em up black and white cowboy movies on early weekend mornings, and Afro-Latin jazz and jazz music from the greats like Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Tito Puente, and Eddie Palmeri.

Robert was a true family man and a dedicated and loving husband. He guided and influenced many of his nieces and nephews, family and friends.

Roberts passing comes with sorrow and grief, but with the support and love of family, all healing is possible. The days and years to come will not be the same, but they will still be filled with love, with music, and with laughter because that is what he brought us.

Robert Banks was born on March 25, 1942.

Robert A. Banks was survived by his wife Leonora Banks

Children: Robert Banks, Jr, Leslie Bonilla, Deborah DeJean

Grandchildren: Nicole Bonilla, Shaniqua Banks-Thornell, Justin Bonilla, Robert Tyrell Banks, Cortne Bonilla, Mia Banks, Andrew Checo, Matthew Checo

Great grandchildren: Asia Hallerdin, Alexander Thornell, Jericho Bonilla, Jesiah coming soon Kairo Thibou

Son and daughters-in-law: Lisa Banks, Raymond DeJean, Dominic Thornell, Erin Foster

Many nieces, nephews and tons of family and friends.

The song has ended but the melody lingers on.

  • FAMILY

  • Robert A. Banks was survived by his wife Leonora Banks

    Children: Robert Banks, Jr, Leslie Bonilla, Deborah DeJean

    Grandchildren: Nicole Bonilla, Shaniqua Banks-Thornell, Justin Bonilla, Robert Tyrell Banks, Cortne Bonilla, Mia Banks, Andrew Checo, Matthew Checo

    Great grandchildren: Asia Hallerdin, Alexander Thornell, Jericho Bonilla, Jesiah coming soon Kairo Thibou

    Son and daughters-in-law: Lisa Banks, Raymond DeJean, Dominic Thornell, Erin Foster

    Many nieces, nephews and tons of family and friends.

Services

  • Visitation - Haisten Funeral Home Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Funeral Service - Haisten Funeral Home Chapel Monday, May 20, 2019
  • Committal - Eastlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum Monday, May 20, 2019

Memories

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James Turner

May 26, 2019

A remembrance of my brother Robert Banks. It was not long after we discovered that you were sick and no longer going to be with us, that I spoke with you on the phone for the second time after the news had been announced. You seemed a bit upset that I hadn't called you more often but I made you laugh because all of our phone calls have been of the dearest content and heartfelt that I can have with my brother. I said to him by the time I begin repeating myself you're ready to end the conversation anyway so it's better that we continue our normal pattern in order to get the most out of our conversations. I did not feel I needed to speak to you any more or less than I ever had , in my complete lifetime because every time I spoke to you I always received everything that I needed from you as a brother and more. I am reflecting moments in our lives that I had my camera trained on you and for good reason you've always been my major mentor and my love for you has always been without condition you will never be missed , because I've always carried you with me everyday during your existence and will continue to do so in your absence. I love you dearly rest well till I see you again.
Jamie

James Turner

May 26, 2019

A remembrance of my brother Robert Banks. It was not long after we discovered that you were sick and no longer going to be with us, that I spoke with you on the phone for the second time after the news had been announced. You seemed a bit upset that I hadn't called you more often but I made you laugh because all of our phone calls have been of the dearest content and heartfelt that I can have with my brother. I said to him by the time I begin repeating myself you're ready to end the conversation anyway so it's better that we continue our normal pattern in order to get the most out of our conversations. I did not feel I needed to speak to you any more or less than I ever had , in my complete lifetime because every time I spoke to you I always received everything that I needed from you as a brother and more. I am reflecting moments in our lives that I had my camera trained on you and for good reason you've always been my major mentor and my love for you has always been without condition you will never be missed , because I've always carried you with me everyday during your existence and will continue to do so in your absence. I love you dearly rest well till I see you again.

Sabrina Luke

May 22, 2019

Sending love and heartfelt condolence, to the entire "Banks" family. So sorry to hear of Robert's passing. I remember his hearty laughter, smile and uplifting spirit. I'll always cherish, precious memories of Robert's love for music, playing congas, dancing, singing and humming to tunes(in exact instrument format), karate(in-house practice sessions), motorcycle rides(OMG... I made it!)and the many family excursions(I thank you!). Rest Peacefully My Extended Family, Robert A. Banks. Continuous prayers to you all. Love You

Francine Mitchell

May 21, 2019

I am truly saddened to hear the news about my future husband in another life. I was always in love with Robert from when I was a little girl. He was sooo handsome and nice. Always had a crush on him. However, my cousin Joyce and him made the perfect couple from what I remembered being a little girl. So sorry for your loss. Always keep his memory alive, talk about the fun times always including him. Your California Family gives your family Big Warm Hugs. Joyce Please call Dad when your ready to talk. Your cousin Francine, Val and family

Melodi Brewer

May 17, 2019

I am honored to have known this man who lived life so beautifully and I offer my continued thoughts and prayers for his loved ones and all who have experienced his kindness and generosity.

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Biography

Robert Banks was born on March 25th, 1942 by the late Dorthy Banks and Hamilton Banks and passed May 8th, 2019 from pancreatic cancer. Upon graduating from Woodrow Wilson High School in Queens New York, he set his sights on a beautiful girl living across the street. That girl doing outdoor chores was Leonora Joyce Banks, his future wife of 57 years and adoring soulmate. Even after all those years side by side, he still couldn't believe she chose him.

For 40 years he worked as a butcher. For his entire life, he found happiness in fishing, playing congas, dancing (always dancing), shoot'em up black and white cowboy movies on early weekend mornings, and Afro-Latin jazz and jazz music from the greats like Miles Davis, Quincy Jones, Tito Puente, and Eddie Palmeri.

Robert was a true family man and a dedicated and loving husband. He guided and influenced many of his nieces and nephews, family and friends.