Leonard W. Banister, 96, of Walden, VT died February 25, 2023. Leonard was born on February 10, 1927, in Springfield, VT to the late Leigh A. & Evelyn D. (Warner) Banister.
He graduated from Springfield High School and enlisted in the Navy. He married Janet Pickener on June 25, 1949. Leonard worked at Idlenot Dairy in Springfield, VT, and after moving to CT worked at the Republican/American newspaper in Waterbury until his retirement. Leonard enjoyed stamp collecting, gardening, and playing cribbage. He was a lifelong fan of the Boston Red Sox and never said no to homemade peppermint stick ice cream at family gatherings.
He is survived by his three children and their spouses, Marcia (Rip) Henley, Carol (Mark) Ryan, and Bruce (Diane) Banister. He leaves behind 4 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, Liana (Taylor), Shauna (Ian), Brenna, Trevor, Janet, Evie, and Jameson. He was preceded in death by his parents, his wife Janet, and grandsons Seth and Brian.
A graveside Memorial Service will be held on Monday, June 12, 2023 at 11am in the Brownsville Cemetery, 222 Brownsville-Hartland Road, West Windsor, VT 05089. The Holcomb-des Groseilliers Funeral Home has been entrusted with all arrangements. Memorial contributions in Leonard’s name may be made to the West Windsor Historical Society at PO Box 12, Brownsville, VT 05037.
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