In Memory of




Obituary for William A. Banks

William A. Banks, 91, of Westminster Street, Westerly, passed away at his home with his family beside him on Thursday, May 18, 2023. William was the devoted husband of the late Helen (Whitford) Banks who predeceased him on October 27, 2019.

Bill was born in Mystic, CT, one of eleven children to the late Ethel and Amos L. Banks.

He worked as a tooling engineer for Electric Boat in Groton, retiring after 37 years of service. William was a communicant of St. Michael the Archangel Church and a volunteer at the Westerly Library. He served honorably in the US Coast Guard.

Bill is survived by his five children, Kathleen M. (James) Crowley and David A. Banks, all of Westerly, Stephen W. (Kathleen) Banks of Mystic, Karen A. (Ernest) Santos of Westerly, and Kristine (Brad) McClure of Unionville, CT; and 4 siblings, Kenneth Banks, Daniel Banks, Alfred Banks and Kevin Banks; as well as sixteen grandchildren; nineteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by siblings, Sarah Corazzelli, Amos Banks, Thomas Banks, Rita Adams, Donald Banks, Sr. and Thurman Banks.

Visiting hours will be held on Sunday, May 21st from 1pm – 4pm at Gaffney-Dolan Funeral Home, 59 Spruce St., Westerly. A Funeral Liturgy will take place at 10am on Monday, May 22nd at St. Michael Church, Pawcatuck. There is no procession to church from the funeral home. Burial will follow at River Bend Cemetery, Westerly. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Michael Church, 60 Liberty St., Pawcatuck, CT 06379 in Bill’s memory. For online condolences please visit