TRIBUTES have been paid to David Banner, the prominent Aston Fields businessman, who has passed away at the age of 77.
David passed away on August 29 following a short illness.
He was born at the start of the Second World War and was the third son of the village butcher in Aston Fields.
After being educated at Bromsgrove County High School, he worked his whole life in food retail and the farming trade.
He was married to Jill for more than 50 years and had three sons. He is also survived by grandchildren and a great grandchild.
As well as his role at Banner’s, David was a very community-minded man who will be missed by many in the area.
He dutifully served a local magistrate and was a bench chairman until 2007.
His love of all things Bromsgrove and Aston Fields was also very clear – so much so that in 2011 he wrote a poignant novel set in the Worcestershire countryside he cherished.
All is Safely Gathered In was, fittingly, set in the harvest season that is upon us now.
He was knowledgeable about local history and would evoke interest when he spoke about Salt King John Corbett and his fruitless building of the Chateau Impney for his wife Anna, the contributions of Benjamin Sanders to Bromsgrove and the importance of Bromsgrove’s Guild in the making of gates of Buckingham Palace, the Liverpool Liver Birds and the lifts for the RMS Lusitania.
He was a life member of the Bromsgrove Unionist Club where he was also an active President of the organisation until he died. At the club, he often enjoyed solving crosswords, delighting in writing in the final difficult clue when others had long given up.
He was an avid supporter of Aston Villa Football Club and was a season ticket holder for some years.
He often spoke about the club’s history, including their European Cup victory in 1982.
Fellow member of the Unionist Club Kevin Cassidy said: “He was great company, he was always worth listening to.
“He knew so much about and loved Worcestershire, its people, villages and pubs.
“He talked easily about poetry and music.
“Housman’s blue remembered hills – and his – land of lost content and Elgar’s 14 musical enigmas.
“Along with his loving family and so many other friends, I will miss David.
“Goodbye David – it was great to know you.”
David’s funeral was held on Monday (September 19) at Redditch Crematorium with donations going to the Primrose Hospice.