John W. Bannister

John William Bannister, 75, passed away on Monday, February 8, 2021. He leaves behind his wife of 51 years, Barbara (Lisabelle) Bannister and his sons John (Hyeongja) and James (Beth) Bannister. As well as many nieces and nephews.

Born in South Kingstown, the son of Charles A. Bannister and Katherine (Whalen) Bannister. He was predeceased by his siblings Charles Bannister, Katherine Hey, Mary “Betty” Belknap, Cora Adams, Anna Weinreich and Ethel Wolff.

John was drafted during the Vietnam Conflict and spent most of the two years in Germany. John was an avid motorcyclist and loved touring and camping with his wife on their BMW motorcycle. He was a lifetime member of South Kingstown Elks Lodge and devoted many hours of work to the lodge. When he retired from South County Hospital, after 35 years of service, he was only in his 50’s and he took up gardening and grew the best tomatoes in town. He loved cooking, trying out new recipes, watching the latest movies on Netflix and reading. One of his passions was woodworking and he bought and restored old hollow body guitars. He was respected by those who knew him and loved by many.

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