Flags lowered in memory of former university secretary
Flags on campus are lowered in memory of John Bannister, former Secretary of both Queen’s and its Board of Trustees.
Mr. Bannister was a valuable member of the Queen’s staff for 35 years. He became Secretary of the University and Board of Trustees in 1966 and served in those roles until his retirement in 1984. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Award in 1984 and, shortly after, the Kingston Award from the Queen’s University Alumni Association.
Mr. Bannister began studying at Queen’s in 1940. He took leave from his studies to organize supplies for the Royal Canadian Army Services Corps in Nova Scotia. He returned to Queen’s and graduated with Comm’47. He worked for some time in the investment department at Canada Life Insurance Company in Toronto before coming back to Queen’s as a staff member.
He was heavily involved in the community during his lifetime. He sat on city council for two terms as an alderman for Sydenham Ward, and he served several terms on the Frontenac Board of Education. He contributed to numerous community groups and organizations including the Kingston Horticultural Society, the Rotary Club, and St. Margaret’s United Church.
Flags that are currently lowered to honour Peter Lougheed will also honour Mr. Bannister.
The family will receive friends on Friday, September 28 from 2-4 pm and 7-9 pm at Robert J. Reid and Sons Funeral Home (309 Johnson Street). A memorial service is planned for Saturday, September 29 at noon in the Robert J. Reid and Sons Funeral Home chapel. Memorial donations may be made to a charity of choice.