Irving F. “Buddy” Banks Jr., 65, of Jefferson died peacefully at Miles Memorial Hospital on April 17, 2010, after a brief illness. Born in Jefferson on March 17, 1945, he was the son of Irving Sr. and Cynthia (Jackson) Banks.

Bud grew up in Jefferson and graduated from Lincoln Academy in 1963 and Maine Maritime Academy in 1967. He was a Merchant Marine for about a year before going to work for Pratt & Whitney. For a little while he worked on a commercial fishing boat and then went to work as an engineer at Maine Yankee until his retirement in 1997.

He enjoyed race cars, antique automobiles, fishing and watching wildlife. He also loved making daily visits to the Garage and to the Superette.

He is survived by his parents, Irving F. Banks Sr. and Cynthia J. Banks of Jefferson; his sisters, Dorothy Wing of Voluntown, Conn., Donna Williams of Jefferson, Shirley Barber of Jaffery, N.H., Shiela Clark and her husband, Tom, of Norwich, Conn., and Nancy Sharron of Norwich, Conn.; many nieces and nephews; his daughter, Paula Miller of Melbourne, Fla., and his granddaughters, Heather and Niki; his daughter, Rebecca Hagar and companion Clay Sigler of Bristol, and grandson, Zachary Hagar; and his son, Irving Scott Banks and his wife, Rebecca, of Jefferson, and grandsons, William and Wyatt.

Per Bud’s request, there will be no formal funeral service.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Lincoln Academy, 81 Academy Hill Road, Newcastle, ME 04553.

Arrangements are with the Strong-Hancock Funeral Home in Damariscotta. Condolences for the family may be expressed by visiting stronghancock.com.