Donald E. Banta, of Branford, died peacefully in Connecticut Hospice on Thursday August 16, 2012.
Don was born December 30, 1925 in West Haven, son of the late Edwin and Marjorie Cone Banta. He spent his childhood growing up in the Savin Rock area during the depression. Don served in the United States Navy, stationed in the Panama Canal during World War II. He worked for Winchester Repeating Arms for many years starting out testing firearms. He then moved to become a field service representative relocating to Springfield, IL. He enjoyed the experience of traveling the country and meeting people from all walks of life. He later returned to CT and settled in Meriden. Retirement found him restless and he went to work at the Southington Stop & Shop. He loved his interactions with his co-workers and his customers in the produce department. Due to health issues, he reluctantly retired again and relocated to Branford.
Don loved the ocean. One of his favorite things was hanging out on his brother's deck overlooking Branford Harbor, watching nature, watching boats. It inspired him to build many beautiful ship models in his spare time. He was the life of the party, a very funny story teller, and will be missed by many.
Don is survived by his daughters, Allison (John) Brancato of Guilford, and Margie (Don) Cherry of Gillespie, IL, his brothers, Harold, Robert, Warren and Paul Banta, 4 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He was predeceased by a brother Edwin Banta.
Relatives and friends are invited to a memorial service Tuesday at 6 PM at the W. S. Clancy Memorial Funeral Home, 244 North Main St., Branford, and may call prior to the service from 4 – 6 PM.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to CT Hospice, 100 Double Beach Rd., Branford, CT 06405.
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