Obituary of Christopher David Bangham
It is with heartbreaking sadness and abiding love that Chris’s family announce his death on September 28, 2023. He lived his life as he chose to leave it – his way – and surrounded by his loving family. Chris was born in Cranbrook, Kent, England, to Josephine and Bill Bangham, on March 30, 1942.
Survived by wife Ann (née Laban), the love of his life for 60 years, and children Justin (Tracy) and Nicola (Kim), his beautiful grandkids, JoJo and Chase, his brother Will (June) and his sister-in-law Janice, who reside in England, and an extremely lengthy roster of friends, colleagues and numerous co-volunteers. He will be missed enormously.
Chris was educated in England, South Africa and New Zealand, graduating from St. Lawrence School in Ramsgate, Kent, and Nottingham University with a degree in metallurgy and later an MBA from McMaster, which led to a career in the steel industry in Australia and Canada, eventually retiring from Stelpipe in Welland. In his retirement he turned his talents to work with London Life and then the Niagara Community Foundation.
Chris was a dedicated community servant, volunteer and leader with decades of service with the St. Catharines Rotary Club, having received five Paul Harris Fellow recognitions. He was on the board of the St. Catharines General Hospital, Chair of the United Way and Chair of Hospice Niagara.
One of his proudest contributions to service was the UMFUNDISI Project that he and his life and service partner, Ann, established in the district of Cape Town, South Africa, with the sponsorship of the St. Catharines Rotary Club and Rotary International, to educate and accredit principals and teachers of informal nursery schools.
When asked by his daughter, Nicola, at age 14, "What is the meaning of life?", he answered with no hesitation, “loving relationships.” And that was how he lived his life.
In accordance with Chris’s wishes, cremation has taken place. His life will be celebrated at a later date. Arrangements have been entrusted with Essentials Cremation and Burial Services (905-734-1031). Memorial donations to the Rotary International Foundation through the St. Catharines Rotary Club or the Niagara Community Foundation would be a fitting way to honour Chris’s life. Online condolences may be shared on Chris’s tribute page found at EssentialsNiagara.com.
There are no upcoming public services scheduled or the service has occurred in the past.
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