Obituaries

Attorney James F. Banda

January 29th, 2018

Attorney James F. Banda, age 96, of Wilmington, January 26, 2018.

Mr. Banda was predeceased by his wife of 48 years, Gladys H. (Conrad), and their young daughter, Marianne F., who died of childhood leukemia. He is survived by five children: Michael J. and his wife, Diane, of San Francisco, CA; James F. Jr., and his wife, Patricia, of Marshfield; Mark L. of Port Hueneme, CA; Deborah E. of Andover; and Eric J. of Wilmington. Mr. Banda is also survived by four grandchildren: Eric Jr., Corey, Sasha and Beatrice; and four great-grandchildren: Eric, Jake, Cameron and Shae.

Mr. Banda was the recipient of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star for combat service in World War Two as a member of the U.S. Army Second Armored Division. He met his late wife, then 1st Lt. Gladys Conrad of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps, while recuperating from significant wounds suffered in battle in Germany in 1944.

Mr. Banda received his J.D. from Suffolk Law School and was a member of the Massachusetts Bar. A resident of Wilmington for 59 years, where he maintained his law practice, Mr. Banda was the former Veterans Agent for the Town of Wilmington. He also served on the Wilmington Board of Selectmen, the Wilmington Planning Board, was a long time trustee of the Wilmington Memorial Library, and cofounder of Wilmington Family Counseling Service.
Mr. Banda was the son of the late John and Delfina Banda, of Somerville, both natives of the Azores. He was also predeceased by all of his siblings: Frank; Joe, who was killed in action in World War Two; John; and his twin brother, Albert.

Family and friends will gather at the Nichols Funeral Home, 187 Middlesex Ave. (Rte. 62), Wilmington, on Thursday, February 1st at 9:00 a.m. followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington at 10:00 a.m.  Interment with Military Honors will follow in Wildwood Cemetery, Wilmington. Visiting Hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Wednesday, January 31st from4:00-8:00 p.m.

Donations in James’ memory may be made to the Friends of the Wilmington Memorial Library, 175 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA 01887.

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13 Entries in Guest Book for “Attorney James F. Banda”

  1. Judi Nee Bromander says:

    Eric so sorry to hear of your dad’s passing. Our thoughts are with you.

  2. Mary Lou Ferraro says:

    Deb,
    So sorry to hear of Jim’s passing. Love and Prayers, Mary Lou

  3. Joanna Clayton says:

    To the Banda Family. The nicest gentlemen you could have ever met. Always a smile and a joke. He would love to talk about his family anytime he had the chance. Truly a great man who left many memories. So sorry for your loss.

  4. Rene' (Ferrara) Lake says:

    My sincere condolences to the family. Mr. Banda was my lawyer for many years. He will be remembered as a kind, caring and honest man – a treasure to the community that truly will be missed.

  5. Fr. Paul Berube says:

    Dear Michael, James, Mark, Deborah and Eric. Back in Feb 1960, fresh out of the seminary and newly ordained, I arrived at St. Thomas. Your family is one I will always remember because of your parents kindness and strong vibrant Catholic faith. Those were the days when Frs. Croke and Mackin and the parish community provided me with the support needed to continue to mature as a parish priest and A DEMOCRAT. May your father Jim rest in peace….he was for me a 20th century Thomas More. Fr. Paul. 978.677.2307

  6. Maureen Curley and ken Stone says:

    Our thoughts are with you Deb, and your brothers, during this time.

  7. Tom Boyle, Jr & Jack Boyle says:

    Sorry to learn of the passing of your father. He was loved and admired by the Boyle-Sousa family. While at various times the family used his legal expertise my most cherished memories revolve around stories of his trips to the Azores. I recall sitting around my parents kitchen table with Uncle Jim telling us and showing us pictures of his visit. My brother and I still have the booklet he put together about one of his trips. It has inspired us to put a trip to the Azores on our bucket list.

  8. Kathleen (Wall) Sueltenfuss says:

    Dear Michael, Jimmy, Mark, Deborah and Eric – we (the Wall family) are all saddened to hear of your Dad’s passing. We all have such wonderful memories of both him and your Mom; spending time at Hampton Beach while sharing a cottage, visits to your backyard pool (for us city kids it was the best), are among the tops. Your father was one of the best men I knew. He was always kind and thoughtful to our family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Kathi

  9. Julie Morris says:

    I am sorry to hear about your father. I hadn’t seen him in quite a while, but would think of him and your family when I thought of home in Wilmington . He was always smiling and so pleasant and he went all out for Halloween. He was a true hero and is now with your mother. Take care.

  10. Bill Breen says:

    So sad to hear about Jim’s passing. He was a great neighbor and friend for so many years. Deepest sympathy’s to the Banda family from the Tuttle and Breen families.

  11. Tom and Theresa says:

    What a true gentleman! We always looked forward to Mr Banda’s trips to California! Listening to his stories and laughing – what a fun time! AND how could we forget how much he enjoyed Clementine’s and pie too! Where did he put it all? A friend whose memories we cherish! God Bless Mr. Banda!

  12. Todd Richards says:

    Banda family, Eric, I just learned of the passing of your Dad as I live out of State these days and would like to express my sincere condolences. He was like a Dad to me and my brothers. He treated my mother, Isabel like a queen and guided my family through many issues always with a smile and kind words. What a wonderful role model for a young man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family.

  13. David says:

    I’m deeply sorry for the loss of your loved one. May the “God of all comfort” be with you during this very difficult time. -2 Cor. 1:3,4

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