Bluefield Daily Telegraph, Bluefield, WV

March 31, 2013

John Banco Jr.

Bluefield Daily Telegraph


John Banco Jr., of 208 Clubhouse Drive, Washington, PA 15301 and formerly of Mountain View Ave., Bluefield, W.Va., passed away on March 28, 2013 after battling ALS (Lou Gehrig's disease). He was born on April 28, 1941 in Stanaford, W.Va. to the late John and Sophia Zebrowsky Banco Sr.

John graduated in 1959 from Woodrow Wilson High School in Beckley, W.Va. where he was a successful football and baseball player. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was stationed in Camp Lejune, N.C. He attended Coyne College in Chicago, Illinois, graduating in 1963. On November 28 of that year he married his high school sweetheart, Trina Cipolat of Beckley, W.Va. and they moved to Bluefield, W.Va. He enjoyed a long career as a specialist in mine equipment with McGraw Edison (National Electric Coil) and later with Lin Electric, Inc. After retiring, John devoted much of his time to working part-time with the bereaved at Roselawn Memorial Funeral Home where, in 2010, he was the recipient of the Dignity Memorial “Living the Brand” award, a nationally recognized award for outstanding care and service excellence.

John was an active member of the Fratelli Tricolore Lodge number 2631 of the Order of Sons of Italy in America and looked forward to the annual Italian Festival in Bluefield. He enjoyed working with his hands, both on his home, and particularly in his vegetable garden where he took great pride in the fruits of his labor. He cherished his family and especially his 4 grandsons. He also kept a close relationship with many of his 1959 Woodrow Wilson classmates and enjoyed their monthly luncheons. John was a member of the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Bluefield, W.Va. for 48 years and was a member at the time of his death of the Immaculate Conception Catholic Church in Washington, Pa.

John is survived by his wife of 49 years, Trina Cipolat Banco of Washington, Pa. and his two sons: Steve and his wife, Wendy of Washington, Pa., and Mark and his partner Stephen Canfield of New York, N.Y.; his grandsons, Trey, Jax, Ty and Jase, all of Washington, Pa. who brought so much happiness to his life. His is also survived by his sister, Ann Holliday, his nephew, Rick Holliday, his niece, Deborah Pressley and his cousins, Frank and John McGuire.  

The family will receive friends on Monday, April 1 from 6:00-9:00 p.m. at Roselawn Funeral Home, 450 Courthouse Rd., Princeton, W.Va.

 A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Tuesday, April 2 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, 1003 Wyoming Street, Bluefield, W.Va. at 11:00 with Celebrant Father Paul Wharton. Entombment will follow at Roselawn Memorial Gardens.

A reception celebrating John's life will be held immediately after interment at Fincastle on the Mountain (formerly Fincastle Country Club), 1000 Country Club Drive, Bluefield, Va. (276) 326-1170.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice Care of The Washington Hospital, 155 Wilson Avenue, Washington, PA  15301.

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Roselawn Funeral Home and Cemetery is serving the family of John Banco Jr.