Clarence P. “Clay” Banks

June 7, 2008

U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

CLARENCE P. “CLAY” BANKS – in Woburn, June 7th. Beloved husband of Helen M. (Maldonis) Banks. Devoted father of Pat M. Scott and her husband Fred of Billerica and Diane M. Silva and her husband Arthur of Wilmington. Brother of the late Joseph, John, and Francis Banks and Mary Leonard. Also survived by several nieces and nephews. Funeral services are private at the request of the deceased, and there are no calling hours. Donations may be made in Clay’s memory to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801. Arrangements by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, Woburn.

OBITUARY:

Clarence P. “Clay” Banks, a longtime Woburn resident, passed away on Saturday, June 7th at the Sawtelle Family Hospice House in Reading following an illness of several months. The beloved husband of Helen M. (Maldonis) Banks for over fifty-eight years, he was 84.

Born and raised in North Cambridge, he was the son of the late Michael P. and Margaret (Ward) Banks. He graduated from Cambridge Rindge and Latin in Cambridge and was a veteran of World War II, having served in the US Army Air Corps.

Throughout his career he was employed as a salesman for the Fuller Brush Company. He retired as a manager a number of years ago. Since 1955 he had made his home with his family in Woburn.

Clay had many interests, but meteorology was his passion. The war interrupted his dream of becoming a meteorologist, but he loved anything having to do with weather. He always had the latest gauges and barometers and loved to teach his daughters what he knew about the subject. He was extremely well-read in many subjects and had a particular interest in history and geography.

An avid baseball fan, he followed the Red Sox faithfully and in earlier years, the Boston Braves. For many years he vacationed with his family in North Truro, on Cape Cod.

Clay was active at the Woburn Senior Center and could often be found playing cribbage there. He also held membership in the George Campbell Post 101 American Legion.

An easy-going gentleman with a twinkle in his eye, he was always smiling and joking, endearing him to everyone he met. He was a loving husband, father, and friend.

Preceding him in death were three brothers: Joseph, John, and Francis Banks, and a sister, Mary Leonard.

Surviving along with his wife Helen are two daughters: Pat M. Scott and her husband Fred of Billerica and Diane M. Silva and her husband Arthur of Wilmington. He is further survived by several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services are private at the request of the deceased, and there are no calling hours. Donations may be made in Clay’s memory to the Woburn Senior Center, 144 School Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

Arrangements by the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, Woburn.

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  1. Dear Helen, Patti and Diane,
    No words can express our heartfelt sorrow over your loss of Clay, but we want you to know that all of you are in our prayers during this difficult time.
    With love,
    Sues and Linda

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