Walter Francis Bankowski
May 21, 1934 - June 30, 2010
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Walter F. Bankowski VIRGINIA BEACH – Retired U.S. Navy Commander Walter F. Bankowski, 76, died peacefully at his home on June 30, 2010. He was the son of Walter Francis and Nellie Kiektyk Bankowski. Following the death of his parents, he was lovingly raised by his Uncle and Aunt, Joseph and Victoria Trocki. He was…

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Theresa Lee left a message on July 4, 2010:
To the entire family, we grieve with you, and pray for your peace. Walt was a truly good man, both to his friends and his family, as well as to his church. My family has many fond memories of Walt, and his wife, Jan, as they were not only friends of our family, but mentors to my husband and children in their journey to Catholicism. We also remember his devotion to BC and his beloved Washington Redskins! We have lost a great man, and we all feel sorrow at his passing.
John Fahey left a message on July 4, 2010:
Barbara and I send our deep and sincere condolences to Jan and the Bankowski family. I have the most fond memories which I will always treasure of Walt. He was a living model to all of us and we are most grateful to have known him. With love to Jan and the family; John and Barbara Fahey
David K. Sutelan left a message on July 4, 2010:
Dear Mrs. Bankowski and family: I am writing to express to you and all of Walt's family members my deepest condolences on his untimely passing. Although you do not know me, I feel I came to know you as I serve as a Docent on the Battleship Wisconsin and have been for the last several years during which I served with Walt on the Friday afternoon watches. During those watches, I came to know Walt and learn of his wonderful family and his distinguished Naval career. I as well as all the other Docents will certainly miss him. I can still see Walt in my mind's eye sitting on the quarterdeck of the Wisconsin at Christmastime last year with his red Santa Claus hat on greeting visitors. Please know that you all are in our hearts and prayers at this time of loss and please accept my deepest sympathy upon Walt's passing. With regards, David K. Sutelan
David K. Sutelan left a message on July 4, 2010:
Dear Mrs. Bankowski and family: I am writing to express to you and all of Walt's family members my deepest condolences on his untimely passing. Although you do not know me, I feel I came to know you as I serve as a Docent on the Battleship Wisconsin and have been for the last several years during which I served with Walt on the Friday afternoon watches. During those watches, I came to know Walt and learn of his wonderful family and his distinguished Naval career. I as well as all the other Docents will certainly miss him. I can still see Walt in my mind's eye sitting on the quarterdeck of the Wisconsin at Christmastime last year with his red Santa Claus hat on greeting visitors. Please know that you all are in our hearts and prayers at this time of loss and please accept my deepest sympathy upon Walt's passing. With regards, David K. Sutelan
Jack Harris left a message on July 5, 2010:
Janet, Condoleces for your-our-loss. Without being aware, Walt was one of those strong, inspirational influences on this young aviator's life. By example, he showed what a man and a Naval Officer should be. I worked for him in maintenance when he was the VF-74 Maintenance Officer and flew with him many times. That he flew with me again after I nearly killed us that time spoke volumns.I'm so very glad that I got to spend time with you both at the 74 reunion. The world is diminished because Walt is no longer in it. May God give you and your family strength and peace. Jack Harris Squadronmate/ Shipmate
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Anne Warnock left a message on July 6, 2010:
Jan: My sincerest condolences to you and your family. We, at St. Nicholas are here for you always.
Kathleen left a message on July 6, 2010:
To The Amazing Bankowski Family, My heart goes out to you with all my thoughts and prayers. Hugs, peace, love, and laughter to you today and every day. Much love, Kathleen Boyle
Valerie Trocki Dupray left a message on July 7, 2010:
To Aunt Janet and my cousins. How blessed we were to have Uncle Walt. Our families in Ipswich looked forward and enjoyed seeing Uncle Walt and Aunt Janet's visit when they were attending the BC games. Of course, we had to go out to eat and get the Ipswich Fried Clams! I will miss you Uncle Walt. Love, Valerie
Stan Trocki Jr left a message on July 7, 2010:
We will miss him and I am so glad we had the opportunity to share in his 75th birthday when we visited you both. Loretta and I enjoyed staying with you and our time together. He was a jokester and always pulling pranks on my mother. He was also a good piano player when we had family get togethers. I have so many memories of Uncle Wally. He is forever in our minds. May God's peace shine upon you and your family.
Cremation Society of Virginia left a message:
Please accept our deepest condolences for your family's loss.
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