A resident of the Dundas Manor Nursing Home in Winchester for the past two years and nine months, Beatrice Banford passed away there on Wednesday, June 5, 2013. She was 90 years of age.
Beatrice was born on December 17, 1922. She was the daughter of Vera and step-father Joe Brazeau. She married Charlie Weldon Banford on February 7, 1940, and moved to Toronto where they shared a house with Bea’s parent on Eastmount Avenue in the Broadview and Danforth area.
Charlie had a job at a huge Canadian Tire Store on Young Street where the staff travelled around the store on roller skates. Bea worked part-time in a dress shop and this gave her the opportunity to always dress to the nines in “fancy dresses” with matching earrings, necklace, bracelet and high heeled shoes.
While Bea and Charlie lived in Toronto with Bea’s parents, they shared a cottage on Pefferlaw River. After the passing of Bea’s mother, Charlie and Bea purchased the cottage at Pefferlaw, winterized it and this became their permanent home.
Beatrice and her husband Charlie were well known for their love of cars which included everything from pink Cadillacs to Chevrolet Impalas.
For quite a few years, Bea and Charlie were “Snow Birds” and wintered in Florida. They stayed in a small community north of Panama City. Bea enjoyed doing crafts with the neighbour ladies. She called it “The Stitch and Bitch Place!”
Eventually, Charlie had some health problems, and he found cutting the grass in the big yard and other chores too much. So, in 1994, they sold their home in Pefferlaw and moved to the Iroma Apartments on Frank Street, in Iroquois, to be nearer to their families.
In March of 2003, Charlie became sick and, after spending some time at Winchester District Memorial Hospital, he was transferred to the Ottawa Civic Heart Institute where he passed away on April 5, 2003.
Bea remained at the apartment, but her health started to fail and on August 13, 2007, she moved into the Hartford Retirement Home where she remained for a few years. Her health continued to deteriorate, and she was hospitalized in Winchester for a few months. On September 15, 2010, Bea was placed in Dundas Manor.
Beatrice is survived by her sisters-in-law Marie Banford and Marion Banford, both of Smiths Falls, and several nieces and nephews.
A private family service was held at the Marsden and McLaughlin Funeral Home, Iroquois, on Friday, June 7th at 1 p.m., with Rev. Janet Evans officiating. Interment followed at Iroquois Point Cemetery.
Pallbearers were Keith Banford, Lynden Banford, Aaron Banford, John Banford, John Geurkink and Trevor Riopelle.
Donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation would be gratefully acknowledged by the family. Online condolences may be made at marsdenmclaughlin.com.