Thomas Jackson Banfield, age 85, of Murrells Inlet, SC and former resident of Ford River, passed away Tuesday, June 12, 2018, in Homer, MI.
Jack was born on February 11, 1933, in Elmira, NY, the son of the late Thomas Addison Banfield and Doris Jackson Banfield Cresswell. He was raised in Elmira and was a graduate of Elmira Free Academy. Jack went on to graduate and receive his bachelor degree from Michigan State University.
He was united in marriage to the former Caroline Lapuszewski and together the couple made their home in Ford River.
Jack was a distinguished and well-known businessman in the Escanaba community owning and operating Delta Abstract and Title for many years.
In 1999, Jack and Caroline built their retirement home on Drummond Island where they spent their summer months. During the winter months, Jack and Caroline spent time in Murrells Inlet, SC where they eventually made their permanent home.
Jack was active in a number of organizations. While living in Ford River, he was a member and volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. An Army Veteran, Jack volunteered extensively at the local Veterans Hospital in Murrells Inlet. He was proud to transport Vets from Murrells Inlet to the Veterans Hospital in Charleston and enjoyed the comradery with each and every Veteran he met. Jack was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Garden City, SC and enjoyed playing golf. He will be deeply missed.
In addition to his loving wife Caroline, Jack is survived by:
Sons: Terry (Bev) Banfield and Chris (Vayu) Banfield
Step Children: Lori (Todd) Zeise, Chris (Ann) Maciejewski and
Jeff (Jeannie) Maciejewski
Brothers: R.J. (Carol) Banfield
Mark (Mary) Banfield
Grandchildren: William, Jae, Melissa (Jeremy), Michael,
Jeremy (Lana), Joshua, Ashlee, Collin
Merrisa, Galen, Taelor and Torie
Great Grandchildren: Austin, Syrina, Angel, Allie and McKayla
Jack is also survived by his nieces, nephews, cousins and his rescue dog, buddy and sidekick, Riley.
Jack was preceded in death by his parents, Thomas and Doris.
Jack’s family will receive friends on Saturday, from 10AM to 12PM, at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone. Military rites will follow visiting hours at 12PM on Saturday, at the Skradski Funeral Home in Gladstone with the Gladstone American Legion August Mattson Post #71 presiding. Mass of Christian Burial will follow at 1:00PM on Saturday, at St. Charles Catholic Church in Rapid River, with Rev. Fr. Joseph Vandannoor officiating. Jack will be laid to rest in the Rapid River Cemetery following mass. The Skradski Family Funeral Homes of Delta County are assisting with arrangements.