Monday, July 12, 2010

In Memorium: Donald W. Bankes

Donald W. Bankes passed away on July 11, 2010. Brother Bankes joined the Order of AHEPA in March 1984, and was an active member of William Penn Chapter No. 61 for 20 years.

From his Obituary:
Donald W. Bankes, 88, Wyomissing, passed away peacefully on July 11, 2010, at Reading Hospital.

He was the widower of Helen (George) Bankes, who passed away in April 2004. She was the love of his life and they were married for more than 57 years.

Donald graduated from Northeast Junior High School and Reading Senior High School.

He played baseball for Hillside Playground and basketball for Progressive Clothier in the city basketball league. He was the highest scorer in the league for the 1940-1941 season.

He was a veteren of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army in Italy.

Donald worked for the U.S. Postal Service in Reading for 32 years until his retirement in 1980, lastly serving as the Manager of the Parcel Post Annex. He also worked for the Reading Railroad.

He attended SS Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church. He was a devoted convert to Orthodoxy and served on the Parish Council for 24 years and was financial secretary for 23 years.

In his spare time, he loved to golf in the senior league and bowl in the church league.

He was an avid fisherman traveling to Maine many times on fishing trips with his friends from the church.

He also loved spending time with his family. In his later years, he enjoyed news programs and loved to use his computer.

Donald was a loving and devoted husband and father and is survived by his son, William P., husband of Mary, Downingtown; and his daughter, Sharon J., wife of Dean Whitman, Denver Pa.

Also survivng are his brother, Robert L., husband of Betty Bankes; and several nieces and nephews.

He was a member of the Order of AHEPA, NARFE, and was vice president of the Reading Branch of the National Association of Postal Supervisors.

Services will be held on July 15, 2010, at SS Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., Reading. A viewing will be held at the church from 10 to 11 a.m., immediately followed by the funeral service. Burial will be in Forest Hills Memorial Park, Reiffton.

Memorial contributions may be made to SS Constantine and Helen Greek Orthodox Church, 1001 E. Wyomissing Blvd., Reading, PA 19611. Arrangements were by Theo C. Auman Inc., Reading (

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