Leo Kurt Banks Obituary

South San Francisco, CA  September 7, 2021 by Garden Chapel Funeral Directors

Leo K. Banks, 64, of Brisbane, lost his courageous battle with prostate and small cell cancers on August, 29, 2021 at his home. He was surrounded by his wife, daughters and eldest granddaughter.

Leo is predeceased by his parents, Leo G. and Erna Banks. He is survived by his wife, Julie A. Banks, daughters Laura Banks and Maria Rogers (and husband Richard Rogers), son Leo C. Banks, granddaughters Elena Banks and Olivia Rogers, sister Sonya Banks, brother Walter Giltner, several nieces and nephews, and several other family members.

Leo was born in Massachusetts and raised in San Francisco. He was proud to call the Bay Area his home. Leo moved throughout the Bay Area several times, but lived in Brisbane for the last twenty plus years of his life. He spent his early days as a mechanic, then worked for Flying Tigers and finally dedicated 32 years to United Airlines at SFO. With United, Leo worked as a ramp serviceman, ramp supervisor and trainer. In addition to working at the airport, he co-owned and operated Julie’s Brisbane Liquor & Deli with his wife.

He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his son who is special needs. He was a proud Papa to his two granddaughters, Elena and Olivia. He loved motorcycles, cars, computers/electronics and animals. He liked to make people laugh and was always ready to tell a good “dad joke” or share a funny story.

Leo was loved by so many; his warm smile and kind nature made it almost impossible not to. He was incredibly nice to everyone he met and was always ready to lend a helping hand to anyone in need. Leo was taken far too early and he is missed every day by his family and friends.

A celebration of life for Leo will be held on Friday, September 17th at 1pm at the Basque Cultural Center located at 599 Railroad Ave., South San Francisco, CA 94080.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider making a donation to the American Cancer Society, Autism Speaks or your local Humane Society.


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Ava Marie Romero
2 years ago

I send our condolences to wife juile banks and the family. Leo had a wonderful Father to little Leo. He was so kind to me and my mother. My mom did once babysit Leo when he was little I was fortunate to help her out. That’s where my interest working with special needs as a philanthropist kinda begun before becoming a successful award winning competition home cook and world food championships competitior I am today. God bless Julie and family