Irving Banning, 89, beloved husband of the late Alice (Call) Banning, of Townshend, VT, and previously from South Newfane, VT and Windsor Locks, CT passed away peacefully on February 17, 2022, at Valley Cares Assisted Living in Townshend, VT. He was born in Hartford, CT, son of the late Leon and Ella (Larson) Banning. He met the love of his life, Alice, while attending Glastonbury High School. He served proudly as a Corporal in the United States Marine Corps during the Korean War from 1951-54. Following his service, he married Alice in 1956, began his 22-year career as a produce buyer for First National Food Stores (Finast), and later in wholesale produce sales for Pioneer Fruit and Connecticut Celery in Hartford, CT. In semi-retirement, he worked for GS Precision in Brattleboro, VT. Irving was a jack-of-all-trades with many talents, especially building beautifully crafted furniture. As an Irish tenor, he had a passion for singing, performing solos while attending Glastonbury High School, in the Marines and every Sunday ‘The Lord’s Prayer’ for the residents at Valley Cares Assisted Living. He was a sports enthusiast, and a loyal fan of the New York Yankees and the Giants. In his early years, he enjoyed golfing, billiards and bowling with his co-workers. In his later years, a treasured memory was traveling to Ireland with his beloved, Alice. He was a communicant of St. Michael’s Church in Brattleboro, VT. He will be lovingly remembered by his children, Kevin Banning and his wife Jamila of Westbrook, CT, Kathy Beeman and her husband Barry of Pinehurst, NC, William Banning of Manchester, CT, Linda Krikawa of Weatogue, CT and his grandchildren, Alicyn Beeman, William Banning, Jr., Jessica Banning, Margaret Banning, Bruce Lauzier, Evan Lauzier, Katherine (Krikawa) Schafer and Connor Krikawa. He was predeceased by his brothers, Joseph Banning, Ernest Banning and his beloved son-in-law Thomas Krikawa. He also leaves behind many wonderful nieces and nephews. Family may call on Tuesday, March 1, 2022, from 9:30-10 a.m., followed by friends and family from 10-11 a.m., at the Farley-Sullivan Funeral Home, 50 Naubuc Avenue, Glastonbury, CT. Reflections on Irving’s life may be shared during this time. A Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. in the funeral home followed by a graveside service at St. Augustine Cemetery, Hopewell Road, South Glastonbury. Masks are required in the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Valley Cares Inc., P.O. Box 341, Townshend, VT 05353 and online at valleycares.org, or to Grace Cottage Hospital, P.O. Box 1, Townshend, VT 05353 and online at gracecottage.org. Irving’s family wishes to extend heartfelt thanks for the care he received as a resident of Valley Cares and while an inpatient at Grace Cottage, and to his devoted friends (and brother-in-law) Tom Fusco and Jack Cable, especially in Irving’s later years. To extend condolences, please visit farleysullivan.com.
Published by Hartford Courant on Feb. 24, 2022.
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