Old Sedberghians will be saddened hear of the death of Philip Banister who was a student at the school in the 1940s. I received notice of Philip's death this morning from Ronnie Robertson, a good friend of Philip's. Ronnie's comments include " I had known Philip since we were both at Sedbergh in the early 1940s and we always kept in fairly close touch afterwards - through the heady debutant days in Montreal in the '60s, his marriage to Judy, their move to Ottawa and even in Finland, which he visited in connection with his work. Philip was a good and gentle friend."
The following obituary appeared in the Ottawa Citizen on March 29, 2014:
Banister, Philip Gerald
MB. MPH. FRCPC.
Father, husband, paediatrician, sailor, companion, and friend to loved ones in Vancouver, Toronto, Brockville, Aiken SC, and the UK. Philip lived a full and constructive eighty-five years, contributing so much to so many people in many spheres. Inquisitive and thoughtful to the end, he took great delight in learning and in being a quiet promoter of his friends' and family's accomplishments. The love of medicine, the sea, music, and his empathy for others defined much of his life.
Philip enjoyed performance automobiles and vigorous dinner table debates, the latter a Banister trait he passed on to his children.
Born in England, Philip died peacefully on March 12, 2014 in Canada. A private memorial service will take place at a later date."
Our sincere condolences go out to Philip's family and friends.