James Banks (O-Zhaa-Wish-Gobii-Taan)
It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of a wonderful father, Papa and friend. James passed away peacefully on Thursday, September 20, 2012 with his family by his side.
James was born on Friday, April 8, 1932 to the late Irene Potson and Sonny Morrisseau. He was predeceased by his best friend Ruth Bruyere and her children Lindsay, Craig, Robin and Lucille, his brothers and sisters, Archie, Sonny, Wayne, Mary and Rose.
James is survived by his daughter Jackie (Sean) DeBenedet and their children Olivia, Matthew and Ashley (Derek). He is also survived by his step-children, Gary (Mandy), Joan, Julie (Don), Richard (Marlis), Lorraine (Jergen), Dean (Peggy) and Louanne, his sister Nancy Jones and brother George Potson. Papa has 17 grandchildren, 24 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson. Jim loved all of his children and grandchildren as his own and his love was unconditional. Jim was a self-taught man. He taught us how to be humble, honest and most importantly kind. He was proud of all of us and was always there for advice and kind words. Jim was an Elder and was greatly respected and loved by all. He had a wonderful sense of humour and always appreciated a good joke. His favourite past time was spent at his home on the lake where he spent countless hours living the good life. He passed on teachings of hunting and fishing to his kids and grandkids and always came home with amusing stories, especially when he had to go looking for one of the hunters, who somehow managed to get lost, again. For one winter Ruth and Jim lived at the Cascades where their children will tell you, it was the best Christmas they ever had.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, September 26, 2012 at 11:00 a.m. at the Multi-Use Facility on Couchiching First Nation.
The honourary pallbearers will be Allan Calder, Bill Mosbeck, Jane and Kevin Elliott, Ernie Jones and Bill Wayash.
In his memory donations can be made to the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association, P.O. Box 306, Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 3M7 or in care of Green Funeral Home, Box 427, Fort Frances, Ontario P9A 3M8
On-line condolences may be made in care of www.greenfuneralhomefortfrances.com