John F. Banks

August 25th, 2021

John F. Banks, age 57, a life-long resident of Wilmington, passed away at home surrounded by his loving family on August 25, 2021 following a courageous battle with cancer.

John was born on May 21, 1964, in Cambridge, MA; he was the cherished son of Eileen (Cunningham) Banks and the late Frederick Banks. John grew up in Wilmington and graduated from the Shawsheen Valley Technical High School in 1983.

Following graduation, John went to work in the printing department at Harvard University. There he worked with his father and brother for more than twenty years. After Harvard, John held several positions before settling at Blue Reserve, where he installed water systems. A very dedicated employee, he loved this job and the people he worked with; John made many friends with co-workers and customers.

John married his wife, Patricia A. (Murphy) Banks, in 1995. They purchased their home in Wilmington, where they had many wonderful times together. John was happy to find a home in the town he grew up in, and to be able to stay close to family.

John loved the outdoors; he enjoyed snowmobiling and ATV-ing with Patricia and friends in Vermont and Maine. One of his favorite activities was fishing; he was an avid saltwater and freshwater fisherman. John loved spending the summers on his boat on Sebago Lake, ME. The friends he and Patricia made at their marina were like family to them. He enjoyed waterskiing and wakeboarding and showing family members “how it’s done”. John was a natural at any sport; he learned how to snowboard, rollerblade, ski, and kayak on his own. His motto to any activity was, “just do it.” John also had an interest in gardening, and proved to have quite a green thumb.

In his spare time, John loved to travel; his favorite trips were to Ireland. John and Patricia also loved to travel to the west coast of Florida; they have many memories of the trips they took and friends they made along the way.

John will be remembered for his “big heart.” He would help anyone in need and expected nothing in return. John also made sure he did his weekly “check ins” with family, usually with a cup of tea or two! John lived his life to the fullest and had a lot of fun times throughout his many adventures. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

John was the beloved husband of Patricia A. (Murphy) Banks, cherished son of Eileen (Cunningham) Banks and the late Frederick Banks of Wilmington, dear brother of Colleen Parsons & her husband Allen of NJ and Paul Banks of Wilmington, brother-in-law of Joan & Greg Nazzaro, Nancy & Dan Ober, and Dan & Nancy Murphy, loving uncle of Kerry & Mason Smith, Kevin & Sammi Parsons, Benjamin Banks, Jennifer & Rachael Nazzaro, Laura & John Malone, Rebecca & Mike Daniels, Paul Ober, Brendan Murphy, and Ryan Murphy. John is also survived by many great nieces & nephews, extended family, and friends.

Family and friends will gather for a Funeral at the Nichols Funeral Home, Inc., 187 Middlesex Ave., (Rte. 62), Wilmington on Saturday, August 28th at 9:00 a.m. immediately followed by a Mass of Christian Burial in St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 126 Middlesex Ave., Wilmington, MA at 10:00 a.m. Visiting hours will be held at the Funeral Home on Friday, August 27th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

Memorial donations in John’s name may be made to Dana Farber Cancer Institute, P.O. Box 849168, Boston, MA 02284 or via


15 Entries in Guest Book for “John F. Banks”

  1. Rusty DePasquale says:

    Thoughts and prayers to all family and friends. Rip. john. you will be thought of often my friend.

  2. Michelle Cullen Iadarola says:

    Mrs Banks, Paul, Colleen, and family, I am deeply saddened to hear about John being ill and passing. My sincere and heartfelt condolences to you.

  3. Howard M Stevens III says:

    My deepest prayers and condolences to family for your loss

  4. Gail Mellino says:

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. So sad to hear of another loss of a classmate.

  5. Lisa Gray-Roberts says:

    My thoughts and prayers go out to all family and friends. May you all find comfort in your many memories. RIP

  6. Debbie and Kenny Vachon says:

    Patty, Mrs. Banks and family,
    We are so sorry for your loss of John. He was such a great guy, so fun to be around. We are praying for peace in your hearts.

  7. Kettle Cove Marina says:

    All of our crew and slip members will miss having John here on his boat at Kettle Cove Marina.
    We all enjoyed our many conversations with him and we will greatly miss his friendship and presence here at the marina.
    Patty, we are so sorry for your loss.
    Heather, Nick, Merrill, Ryland, Colby and your friends on the docks.

  8. Lisa says:

    Patty, Mrs. Banks, family and friends
    I’m so very sorry for your loss

  9. LaDonna says:

    John was such an amazing, loving, thoughtful, accepting person. he will be greatly missed. My sympathy to all who loved him.

  10. Frank Agresti says:

    John and I became friends in 1971 when he was riding his Big Wheel down the street and wanted to race me on my Krazy Kar. As we grew up, we built cars, John could build a V8 Ford at 12 years old. We rode dirt bikes almost every weekend for years and rode 10,000 miles in NH woods. The love of motorsports, engines and Porsches was the common bond between us. John is the ultimate mechanic, rider, competitor, friend. I am honored to have been his friend for so many years, My heart is broken, but I have the memories.

  11. Peter & Nancy Wagner says:

    John was one of the best! Over the past 10 years we have enjoyed boating, ATVing and snowmobiling with him and Patty. He surely will be missed.
    Patty we are so sorry for your loss. Hugs Peter & Nancy

  12. Fran Keough says:

    I am so sorry for your loss
    My prayers are with you all

  13. John Reid says:

    Colleen and Family
    I am sorry to see of John’s passing
    My thoughts & prayers are with you at this difficult time
    Rest in peace John
    Your a GOOD MAN

  14. Charles cushing says:

    Peace be with you and God bless you and your family

  15. Renee (laliberte) Pineau says:

    Paul and family, I’m so sorry to hear about John and that I missed his services my thoughts and prayers are with you all! John was such a sweet nice guy I was lucky enough to have grown up with as kids! Prayers to you all!

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