Ernie Banks, who has died at the age of 76, was a local businessman and volunteer who was on the board of Brome Fair and twice served as president of the Fair in 2000 and 2006.
He and his friend and colleague, Gaylon Davis – the current president of the Fair – would travel across the country getting ideas to improve the Fair. One idea they implemented was a road on the outer ring of the grounds to reduce congestion.
“Ernie was devoted to the Fair and kept a close check on finances,” said Davis. Banks fought any move to increase ticket prices because he wanted to ensure that everyone could afford to go to the Fair. “Ernie was dependable. If he said he would do something, you could be sure it got done.”
Ernest Charles Banks was born in Montreal in 1943, and his family moved to a farm in Fulford operated by his grandfather.
Ernie worked for Bell Canada as an installer and then a supervisor, retiring from Bell in 1992.
He started Knowlbanks, a residence for autonomous seniors, which opened in early 1988. He also was an early partner in Knowlton House, a nursing home next door, which opened in January 1993 on Knowlton Road. Ernie sold his interest in Knowlbanks more than ten years ago. He lived in West Bolton with his wife Joy.
He is survived by Joy and three children, Charles, Kenneth and Donald and three stepchildren, Jennifer, Jonathan and Christopher as well as his siblings, Margaret, Norman and Ronald.