Robert Louis Banks

Born: Tue., Jun. 10, 1958
Died: Wed., Apr. 14, 2021

Funeral Service


2:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sun., Apr. 18, 2021
Location: William D. Elkin Funeral Home

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Robert Louis “Rob” Banks, 62, of North East, passed away on Wednesday, April 14, 2021 at his residence, after losing a courageous, challenging fight against pancreatic cancer, aided by the stronghold of his love and faith in our Lord. Rob was born on June 10, 1958 in Pittsburgh, Pa., the son of Virginia L. (McCombs) Banks of North East and the late William P. Banks. Rob graduated from California State University with a bachelor’s degree in technology education and was later a technology education teacher at Harborcreek High School, Walnut Creek Middle School, and McDowell High School for many years. Through the many years of his short life, Rob pursued numerous interests and activities. In addition to touching and impacting his many students over his 33+ years of teaching; he was also an amazing gifted craftsman, woodworker and laser engraver; he spent countless long hours in his shop creating masterpieces for so many. Rob’s first love since a young child however, was that of hockey, which not only impacted his life and that of his children, but also impacted so many – young and old alike, both through his coaching, playing and dedication. However, Rob’s greatest, most passionate role in life was that as a dedicated, caring, selfless and loving father to his two children, whom he has impacted greatly and will carry him in their hearts forever.His survivors include his children, Robert “Robbie” William Banks (Hana), and Krista Kaitlin Christopherson (Houston); lifelong friend, Donna Banks (Bryan Mayes); brother, David Patrick Banks (LynnAnne); as well as many nieces, nephews, and so many close friends too numerous to name. Friends may call at the William D. Elkin Funeral Home, 65 South Lake Street, North East on Sunday, April 18, 2021 from 2:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Memorials may be made to the Abram Sorek Memorial through the Crime Victims Center, 125 West 18th St., Erie, PA 16501 or the Erie City Mission, 1017 French Street, Erie, PA.

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james lee
   Posted Thu April 15, 2021

SPATHIPHYLLUM was sent by Lee Family.

our prayers and thoughts are with you during this difficult time Love Jim, Rose, Carolyn & Katie

Mike and Patti Gielata
   Posted Thu April 15, 2021
Robbie and Krista,
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time of sorrow. May the memories you have made over the years help you through this difficult time. Rob touched so many lives over the years with his caring manner and infectious laughter. June was our favorite month as we never missed the birthday calls to each other. It always turned into a 2 hour reminiscing of growing up together on William Circle. Rob was a friend like no other. Patti and I will miss him greatly. He was so proud of the two of you and loved you very much. Your Dad will be with you forever.

With Love and Friendship,
Mike and Patti Gielata

Anthony G Ligouri
   Posted Thu April 15, 2021
To the family of my dear classmate, teammate, and friend. May Rob rest in peace. No more pain, no more suffering. I know Rob is with our Lord. See you on the ice on the other side buddy !

Gary Wisor Jr.- Harbor Creek Class of '89/Former colleague at the Millcreek Township School District
   Posted Fri April 16, 2021
To Rob's family, friends, neighbors, and loved ones:
I was a student of Rob's during 8th (Woodshop I) and 11th grade (Home Improvements?) and he had a profound impact upon me during junior high. I started smoking and left his class to have a cigarette in the bathroom. As I returned to class and placed the hall pass upon his desk... "Mr. Banks" said something along the lines of, "Gary... I allow you to go to the bathroom to relieve yourself, not to come back and make the room stink of cigarettes." The look I received just made me want to crawl into one of his tool cabinets and close the doors. Never again. Years later after I earned my teaching degree/certification, I covered his classes for a few days at Walnut Creek, plus Rob would seek me out during our district-in-services within the auditorium at MIHS and we would sit next to each other. In September 2018, I went to shake Rob's hand after resigning from the MTSD and beginning the relocation to Texas, but he pulled me in and gave me a strong hug. Rob exemplified the ideal teacher, mentor, friend, colleague... He was the package - creative, brilliant, generous, humorous, devoted... He will be greatly missed but definitely never forgotten. Thank you, Rob and Rest In Peace💓😢

Pam Kwiatkowski
   Posted Fri April 16, 2021
I am sorry to hear about Rob's passing. I worked with him at McDowell and he was a great guy. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends.

   Posted Fri April 16, 2021
To Rob's family. I met Robbie when we lived in the same apartment building in the late 70's. He was always smiling and just an all around nice guy. We exchanged pleasantries each time we ran into each other since those early years. He always still had that grin and showed the same kindness. He made the world a better place and being a teacher myself can tell you he impacted the students he taught. Prayers for all during this difficult time.

Paul Schulet
   Posted Sat April 17, 2021
I have always remembered your gentle "lead by example" manner my old friend. You are now most certainly among your true kind. See you again one day on silvered skates Rob. Paul Schuler.

Kerry Duncan
   Posted Sun April 18, 2021
Donna Banks,

I am so sorry for your earthly loss. You told me many times in our "hallway talks" how much he meant to you. May you find comfort in knowing he is no longer suffering.


Adrian Babel
   Posted Sun April 18, 2021
Rob was a great man that still positively influences our family’s life today.

From our interactions over the years through ice hockey, I quickly learned that he brought happiness wherever he was. His conversations were filled with laughter, wisdom, and good intention.

There are people that add, and there are people that subtract. Rob always added to this world. For example, we received a beautiful handmade gift from Rob for our wedding that we use now and will enjoy for years to come.

In several ways, Rob will always be with us and continue to influence us to be a greater version of ourselves.

We send our heartfelt condolences to Rob’s family and loved ones.

With love,
Adrian and Shelby Babel

Dani DiCenzo & Family
   Posted Wed April 21, 2021
We are very sorry for your loss. With Deepest Sympathy,
Dani DiCenzo & Family

Tina Slaney
   Posted Wed April 21, 2021
To the entire Banks family,
I knew Rob for a short time but it didn’t take long to recognize his peaceful spirit and generous heart. He engraved a saying for me on a piece of granite I have by my outdoor fire pit that speaks of God’s love. Rob, I pray that you are surrounded by that great love!
You are all in my thoughts and prayers ✨🙏
Tina Slaney

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