Henry Banman died July 29, 2008. He was born Jan. 30, 1913 in Ukraine to Henry and Aganetha Banman. When communism began to threaten their way of life, they moved to Mexico in 1926. Then the Mennonite Church in Canada provided sponsorship, enabling them to move to Saskatchewan 6 months later. Henry married Susie Wiebe in 1940. They lived in Vancouver, Haney, and Matsqui before settling in Clearbrook, B.C., after the 1948 flood destroyed their farm. Henry and Susie then moved to Lardeau, B.C. to run a cedar shake mill in 1959, but a 6-month hospitalization after being struck by a falling tree ended Henry’s career in the bush. Henry and Susie lived in Kaslo, B.C. from 1963–1980, then retired to Richmond, B.C. in 1981, where they were members of Fraserview MB Church. Henry will be remembered for the love he showed his family, friends, and everyone he met. Predeceased by Susie in 2003, Henry is mourned by children Jake, Rosie, John, and Addie; 7 grandchildren; and 5 great-grandchildren. The funeral was Aug. 5 at Clearbrook MB Church.
Karla is a writer for Mennonite World Conference who lives in Winnipeg.