Pat passed away peacefully in Edmonton on Wednesday, July 18, 2018 at the age of 77 years.
After fifty-three years of marriage, she will be sorely missed by her husband Peter. She is survived by son and daughter-in-law Doug and Shelly Banks, daughter Christy Banks, grandsons Jordan and Alex Tripp, and great granddaughter Ravainah Tripp. She is also survived by her siblings Jim and Larry McGuinness, Kathy Wotherspoon and Liz McGuinness-Kolenosky. She was predeceased by her parents, James and Evelyn McGuinness, and her sister Shelagh.
Pat was born October 13, 1940 in Stettler, Alberta, the first of six children in her parents’ family. After a brief stint living in Stettler and then Calgary, the family moved to Red Deer. Pat’s father passed before her eighteenth birthday after which she helped her Mom raise the three sisters and two brothers. After high school, Pat moved to Edmonton and graduated from the University of Alberta with a Bachelor of Education in 1963. She worked as an elementary school teacher in Edmonton, met Peter in 1964 and they married in July of 1965.
Pat set aside her career to raise their children, beginning with Doug in 1967 and Christy in 1971. As the kids matured, Pat returned to work as a teacher and a librarian. Over the years she worked at a variety of schools, enjoying some more than others but always treasuring her interactions with the students, especially as she helped nurture their joy of reading. All of her children and her grandchildren were raised with a tremendous appreciation for reading. Pat was recognized with an Alberta Excellence at Teaching and retired from EPSB in 1997.
Camping was a regular part of the Banks’ family life growing up as Pat loved the outdoors and enjoying it with family. In 1975 they bought a lake lot on Gull Lake which over the years became the focal point for many gatherings, including extended family Thanksgiving dinners. Many a family walk was enjoyed down to the beach and back, often with nearly as many dogs as people. In addition to the two kids, Pat and Peter always had a dog in their family right until just before Pat’s passing – terrier, poodle, spaniel and a tiny bichon/poodle cross, they loved them all.
After retirement, Pat continued to camp and travel with family (and even after they gave up the trailer, Pat and Peter continued to join the clan camping trips while staying at nearby hotels). Pat loved to work in her garden until they sold the house on 155 Street and moved into a condo several years ago, but most of all Pat continued to still love her family. She even compiled ‘The McGuinness Family story’ detailing her family history several generations back.
Pat’s life-long commitment to learning and teaching was evident throughout her life – after retirement she volunteered as an ESL teacher at the Edmonton Mennonite Centre for Newcomers and even into her seventies was an active participant, along with Peter, in the Edmonton Lifelong Learners Association, attending university courses with Faculty of Extension at the UofA for several years
Pat was also active in Rio Terrace Church, enjoyed participating in book clubs and loved to travel. Vancouver Island was a post-retirement destination for several years and Pat enjoyed annual trips to Palm Springs with her sisters (and other family
She truly lived the good life!
A Memorial Service for Pat will be held on Monday, July 30, 2018 at 2:00pm at Rio Terrace Community Moravian Church (15108 – 76 Ave NW, Edmonton). Cremation has taken place and her ashes will be scattered privately by the family.
The family wishes to express their sincere gratitude to the staff of the Misericordia Hospital and especially the staff of 8 East for the kindness, support and care shown to Pat during her stay prior to her passing.
As an expression of sympathy in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made in Pat’s name to the Parkinson Association of Alberta,
120, 6835 Railway St SE
Calgary, AB T2H 2V6
or the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada,
5241 Calgary Trail NW, Suite 144, Edmonton, Alberta T6H 5G8