Gerald Bannister

January 4, 1937 to July 27, 2021


Passed away peacefully on Tuesday, July 27th, at the Health Sciences Centre, age 84. Predeceased by his loving wife, Marina. Born and raised in Port Rexton, Gerald lived most of his life in St. John’s, where he and Marina raised their family and pursued their careers in education. In over 50 years of marriage, he and Marina shared a commitment to their community and a passion for politics, reading, fishing, and bridge. Leaving to mourn their daughter, Elizabeth (Philip Bulman); three sons, Stephen (Norine), Jerry (Patti), and Michael (Lois Luke); seven grandchildren, Matthew (Melissa), Sarah, Julia, Peter, Olivia, Ryan, and Mitchell; great-grandson, Isaac; sister, Clara Goldsworthy (Robert, deceased); mother-in-law, Joyce Chipman; sisters-in-law, Verna Smith (Boyd) and Jean Suttie (Boyd); brother-in-law, Max Bishop (Cloe), and extended family across North America. Resting at Carnell’s Funeral Home, 329 Freshwater Road, with visitation from 7:00-9:00 pm on Thursday, July 29th.  Funeral service will be Friday, July 30th at 2:00 pm from St. Mark’s Church, Logy Bay Road. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to St. Mark’s Church.



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so sorry to hear of Gerald’s passing. We worked together in Elementary School Guidance for many years. My deepest condolences to all Gerald’s family at this most difficult time.

Dear Mike and family,
I am very sorry to hear of your loss. May you take comfort in fond memories.

Sorry to hear of Gerald’s passing.. We spent many days together hunting and fishing.. They were very enjoyable times.

I am sorry to hear of Gerald’s passing. My deepest sympathy to all his family. He was a kind, caring man who helped many in his career. May he Rest In Peace.

Dear Elizabeth, Jerry and families,
Sincere condolences on your loss, but a time to reflect on all your father’s contributions to you and to others in Newfoundland and Labrador. Your memories will help you as time goes on. Make sure to take time for yourselves as well.
Ean and Jane Parsons

We are sorry to hear of your father’s passing. Please accept our sincere condolences.

To the Bannister Family. Please be assured of our thoughts and prayers at this sad time.

Dear Elizabeth, Steve, Jerry and Mike, I am very sorry for you loss. I have many fond memories of Uncle Gerald, especially from our summers at the cabin and frequent bridge games at our house. I also remember feeling very special that the cool and fun Mr. Bannister (beloved by all at MacDonald Drive Elementary School) would single me out in the hallways with a special greeting. Sending you all our deepest condolences at this difficult time.

In thanksgiving fort the life and legacy of Gerald. We were at Queen’s College together. Gerald’s desire was to serve and help others. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Elizabeth and family,
So sorry to hear of your Dad’s death.. He was a kind man who always helped others. Thinking of you and your family.
Joan and Gerry Whelan

Mike, Lois, Olivia and Mitchell. So sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. He always made me chuckle when he referred to me as “that Cooper fella”. Remember his good times with you.

Randy and Maxine Cooper

A dear old friend, a colleague and a mentor!

So sorry to hear of Uncle Gearld‘s passing. He was a special part of our family over the years . During our stay at the Janeway with Andrew, he came to visit and check in on us .most everyday.To bring us some muffins that Aunt Marina had just made or to just sit and chat awhile. It was always a pleasure to see him and be in his company. I know that he made a big difference every time he was there . I know he’s at peace and I thank God for the wonderful memories I have of him. I always say , “ It’s never good bye it’s just so long “
May God bless ye each and everyday. ????

Dear Elizabeth and family,
I am so sorry to hear that your loving father passed away . I send you my sincere condolences in your time of grief .
Thinking of you all ,
Gail Courtney xo

Sincere condolences to the family. I share in your loss. Gerald will be remembered as a kind and fun loving friend.

Dear Dr. B. We are saddened to hear the news of your dad’s passing. Our love, thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this sad time. Rest in peace Mr. Bannister.

Humphrey and Ann Dye

Dear Dr. B. We are saddened to hear the news of your dad’s passing. Our love, thoughts and prayers to you and your family at this sad time. Rest in peace Mr. Bannister.

Humphrey and Ann Dye

Our thoughts and Prayers are with the Bannister Family. many fond memories.RON AND SHIRLEY DOWER..

Dear Elizabeth, Stephen, Jerry, Michael and grandchildren. It is with profound sadness that I learned today of your father’s/grandfather’s passing. Sending you my sincere condolences on your loss. I pray that you will find comfort in your wonderful memories and that he is reunited with the love of his life. God Bless, Carol

Dear Stephen, Elizabeth, Jerry and Michael (and families);

We were sorry to hear the news of your Dad’s passing. I have very many fond memories of Uncle Gerald so I was saddened to hear of his passing. Kevin and I extend our condolences. Our thoughts are with you during this difficult time.

Jerry and family,

So sorry to hear of the passing of your dad. He was such a nice man and always had a smile. Hope your beautiful memories help you all through the sadness. Sending hugs and love.

To all family members:
Sincere condolences on the passing of Gerald. He was a very caring guidance counsellor who influenced the lives of many children who needed help. You have been left a very loving legacy by both your parents. May their memory be a guiding light as you journey on without them. God bless you.

Elizabeth and family,
Heartfelt condolences on the passing of your Dad. Thinking about you at this sad time in your family’s lives.
Pamela and David Snow

Jerry and family, my condolences on the passing of your dad! My prayers and thoughts are with you.!

My sincere condolences on the loss of your loved one.

Please accept our sincere condolences on Gerald’s passing. May your many treasured memories help you through this very difficult time

Our sincerest sympathies to all Gerald’s family. We remember fondly many chats and get togethers for years. We’ll not forget him.Love to all.
Lorraine and Ron.

To the Bannister and Smith families,
We are very sorry to hear of Mr Bannister’s passing. He was a lovely man who will be missed. My mother has many fond memories of him and Mrs Bannister at the St Augustine’s bridge club. Our sincere condolences,
Nancy Earle and Daphne Earle

To Gerald’s family,
Our condolences on the passing of your father. We spent many happy times with him and your Mom at various get-togethers over the years.
Dennis and Daphne Butler

To all of Gerald’s family
So sorry to learn of Gerald’s passing We have many fond memories of spending time together over our years of friendship. Love to you all
Max and Phyllis

So sorry to hear of the passing of Mr.bannister. it has been a privilege to have known him and to care for him.god bless each and one of you.RIP my friend ♥

Very sorry to get the news of Gerald’s death. Sincere condolences to Elizabeth and all of the family..
Lorraine Michael

Deepest condolences on the loss of your loved one. Wishing you all comfort and peace in the days to come.

Stephen and Norine,
Please accept our deepest sympathy on the passing of your Dad, Steve. I (Daphne) remember him as the guidance counselor at PWC. He always seemed very professional at all times. I’m sure you have many wonderful memories to hold on to.

So sorry to see this. Thinking of you all.

I am sorry to hear of Gerald’s passing. He and Marina were my friends from our early years at Memorial University. They were very devoted to each other and delighted in their children and their accomplishments.

So sorry to hear of Geralds passing.
He was a member of the Newfoundland Cardiac Rehabilitation Association for years,
Condolences to Marina and family.

Dear Stephen and family,

I am sending you all my sympathy for the loss of your family patriarch and a leader and friend to so many. Mr. Bannister was a much-loved teacher and counsellor during my years at PWC as well as a neighbour in the East End and Sarah and Matthew’s beloved grandfather. So many people benefitted from his wise advice and care. God bless. Janet Miller Pitt and family

Dear Stephen, Elizabeth and families, I was very sorry to read of your dear dad’s passing. Both of your parents were fine educators and wonderful parents and are now together again. You have carried their legacy and will continue to cherish life as they did. God bless!
Korona (Reardon) Brophy. MDJH 1976-79 music and

Sorry to hear of Gerald’s passing – my sincere condolences to all the families.

To Jerry and Mike and families,
So sorry to hear of the passing of your father, grandfather, and father-in-law. Lots of memories to cherish and share as you comfort one another. Our deepest condolences.

Hi Jerry
Sorry to hear of your father’s passing, deep ccondolence to all the family. Thinking of you all

Mike & Marguerite Ryan
Placentia NL.

It is with heartfelt condolences on the passing of your Dad, and my Uncle Gerald. I have nothing but fond and joyous memories of him, especially during my childhood years when we visited the Bannisters from around-the-bay! There were always many new and exciting things to see in the Big City, and Uncle Gerald ensured there would be no disappointment of my expectations. From his non-stop activity and Aunt Marina’s home felt warmth and cooking, these experiences truly etched a part of my own life’s path. In trust with our Faith, I pray you take comfort in celebrating his life and legacy, and knowing he has once again been forever reunited with the love of his life…

Stephen and Norine.

So sorry for your loss. Losing a parent is one of the most challenging moments to face. I wish you both strength and courage over the coming days and weeks.

With condolences, Brad and Bruce

Our heartfelt condolences to all of the family. May his memory fill your hearts as he Rests In Peace.

Sorry to hear of Gerald’s passing. Condolences to the family❤️