Charles E. Banks

July 26, 2011

U.S. Veteran

US Army

World War II Veteran

CHARLES E. BANKS – age 92, in Woburn, July 26th. Beloved husband of the late Beverly (Harrington) and the late Ada (Morom) Banks. Devoted father of Edward Banks of Wakefield, Jeanne Pochily of Alton Bay, NH and her late husband Jeffrey, and the late Judith Travers. Brother of the late Eleanor Richards. Loving grandfather of Kimberly Zecher of N. Reading and Karen Lohrman of Wilmington, and is further survived by five great-grandchildren. A funeral service will be held in the First Baptist Church, 3 Winn Street, Woburn, on Friday, July 29th, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Calling hours at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, are on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m. Interment in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, Peabody. Donations may be made in Mr. Banks’ memory to the First Baptist Church, 3 Winn Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

OBITUARY:

Charles E. Banks, a longtime resident of Woburn’s West Side, passed away unexpectedly at his home Tuesday evening, July 26th, at the age of ninety-two. Mr. Banks was the husband of the late Ada (Morom) Banks, who died in 1984, and of the late Beverly (Harrington) Banks, who died in 2006.

Born in Boston, he was the son of the late William and Anna (Carey) Banks. He was raised in Somerville and graduated from Somerville High School. He was a proud veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps, having served in World War II.

Charlie was a skilled carpenter, and when he and his first wife Ada took up residence in Woburn in the early 1950’s, he built their home from the ground up, including the plumbing and electrical. He worked with his brother in the construction business in Somerville for many years, and at the same time drove a bus for the MBTA for over forty years.

A devout member of the First Baptist Church in Woburn, Charlie volunteered countless hours of his time to the upkeep and maintenance of the church. He was also an avid gardener who grew corn in his yard as well as many other vegetables and fruits.

He remained active and independent until his last day, and always enjoyed socializing with friends. Charlie’s first love was his family, and he especially relished the time he was able to spend with his granddaughters and their children.

In addition to his first wife, Ada and his second wife, Beverly, he was preceded in death by his beloved daughter, Judith Travers, his sister, Eleanor Richards, and his dear son-in-law, Jeffrey Pochily.

Surviving are a son, Edward Banks of Wakefield, a daughter, Jeanne Pochily of Alton Bay, New Hampshire, two granddaughters, Kimberly Zecher of N. Reading and Karen Lohrman of Wilmington, and five great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held in the First Baptist Church, 3 Winn Street, Woburn, on Friday, July 29th, at 10 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Interment will follow in Puritan Lawn Cemetery, 185 Lake Street, Peabody.

Calling hours at the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, are on Thursday from 4 to 7 p.m.

Donations may be made in Mr. Banks’ memory to the First Baptist Church, 3 Winn Street, Woburn, MA 01801.

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  1. Kim/Karen,We met up with Charlie at the last church dinner and enjoyed sitting ,talking,and renewing all the great times of the past.He was a great story teller and listener and we will miss him a lot.Our very best to you, Bob/Anne Simonds

  2. To the Banks Family,

    The West Side of Woburn has lost the heart of our neighborhood. His warm smile will be greatly missed.

    Alice (Mills) Foley
    formerly of Pheasant Lane

  3. Kim & Karen,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your families.
    Joyce & Mike Randazzo

  4. I have known Charlie for about five years, as I am a fairly new member of the church. Charlie was a wonderful and kind person. He cared about everyone. I will miss him.
    He always brought the cheese and crackers for coffee hour. He dd many repairs to our building.
    God bless you, Charlie

    Florence Lewis

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