Beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend, Andrew Pearce Banham (Andy) passed away at home on Saturday, March 25 at the age of 71, after a 7 month battle with pancreatic cancer. Andy is survived by his wife of 50 years, Rose Banham, along with his daughters Carolyn Mitchell (Florida) and Sarah Van Benthem (Texas), sons-in-law Jason Mitchell and Kelly Van Benthem, and five grandchildren; Kaley, Leah, Kanin, Kyler, and Riley. He is also survived by his brother David Banham (Canada). Andy was predeceased by his father and mother, Frank and Eileen Banham.
Andy was born in Rawcliffe, England where he lived and went to school. There he met his high school sweetheart, Rose. They dated through their teen years and married, and then came to the United States as newlyweds in 1972. Andy worked his way up in the cosmetics industry to Vice-President of Sales then General Manager. In 2010 Andy retired from a long and successful career in New Jersey. He was well known for his charm, wit, intellect and strong business sense. He maintained loyal relationships with former clients and coworkers throughout his retirement.
Upon retiring to Florida with Rose, Andy found time for long walks with his Golden Retriever, a good game of golf with friends, and making additions to his wine collection. He was an avid reader of books and never missed reading a copy of the Wall Street Journal. Andy was an excellent cook and spoiled his family with many delicious meals. He also enjoyed traveling with his wife and friends. Between business trips and vacation destinations, Andy was proud to have traveled to over 20 different countries in his lifetime. His favorite destination was probably his childhood vacation spot, Ilfracombe, England.
A celebration of life will be held in his honor on Saturday, April 15th. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Pancan.org to help fund research for the terrible disease that took our loved one too soon.