Stephen M. Banning, 63, of East Hampton CT passed away peacefully on Thursday, January 31, 2019 with his family by his side after his last valiant effort to defeat his cancer. Steve is the second of six children of the late Joseph Banning and Barbara (Ackley) Banning.
Steve was a Master Carpenter most of his life, after starting at his father’s side when he was 16 years old. He spent many years learning the trade and went on to have his own successful businesses. After his first diagnosis in 2011, he was no longer able to enjoy his trade and moved onto other journeys, but he was always willing to lend his hand as well as his expertise to anyone that needed it.
Steve volunteered for over 15 years at the Old Home Day Festival. Every year, without being asked, he would go down and meticulously construct the dance floor for everyone’s enjoyment and then go back on the day after the festival and deconstruct it for another year. He also spent many years volunteering at Amazing Grace Food Pantry in Middletown CT, where all of the staff and people loved him.
Besides his mother, Steve leaves behind his four children, Stephanie (Jim) Froncak and his grandchildren Natalie, Nicholas and Lukas of Savannah, GA, Stephen Banning of Boston, MA, Rachel (Luis) Banning of Middletown, CT and their mother Elizabeth (Sweet) Banning, Alise Banning and her sister Alex Tupper, as well as their mother Sheri Taylor; his siblings Joseph Banning, Dennis Banning, Laura (Ron) Landry, Karen (Rob) Ennen as well as several nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.
Stephen was predeceased by his father Joseph Banning, his brother Richard (Dick) Banning and his nephew Andrew Ennen.
A celebration of life service is planned for Saturday, February 9th at 2:00 PM at the VFW, North Maple Street, East Hampton CT with light refreshments immediately after. Burial will be at the convenience of the family. There will be no calling hours.
Abbey Cremation Services are in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Amazing Grace Food Pantry, 16 Stack St, Middletown, CT 06457