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John Banicki

June 20, 1922 April 3, 2019
John Banicki
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John Banicki, Jr., age 96, passed away April 3, 2019, at Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak, MI. He was born June 20, 1922 in Detroit to the late Anastasia and John Banicki, Sr.

Mr. Banicki is survived by his wife of 48 years, Katherine (nee Shanahan), whom he married April 17, 1971; children, Cindy (Garrett) Howard, Mark Downey, Dr. Anastasia (Michael) Banicki-Hoffman, and JoHanna Banicki; grandchildren, Tiffany Tworkowski, Eric Reymer, Nieden Hoffman, Niya Hoffman, and Keane Hoffman; great grandchildren, Dean Tworkowski and Amelia Tworkowski; cousins, Irek Magiera and Wisenka Magiera; and brother in-law of Harry (Diane) Shanahan. He is preceded in death by his parents, Anastasia and John Banicki, Sr. and his sister, Adele Andrews.

John Banicki, Professional Engineer (PE), was the Founder and Chairman Emeritus of Testing Engineers & Consultants, Inc. (TEC) made many contributions to the engineering community. However, John’s most significant contribution to his community and to society in general, was his enlistment and service as a Naval Aviator in the US Navy in WW II where he served as a Lieutenant in the Pacific Operations.

After serving as a pilot and spending many months on the U.S.S. Onslow aircraft carrier, John “wanted to keep both feet on the ground for a while” so, he returned to Wayne State University and pursued a profession in civil engineering. What followed was an engineering career that spanned 50+ years. During that time he was directly involved in the construction of a multitude of Michigan landmarks including the Ford Auditorium, Book Cadillac Hotel, Detroit Renaissance Center, Lafayette Park, and the Detroit People Mover. In 1966, he and his wife Katherine founded TEC setting the tone for many years to come as a family-owned business. Today, TEC is a multi-million dollar engineering consulting firm.

John has been active in many professional trade organizations such as AIA Michigan (honorary member), AGC Michigan, the Michigan Society of Professional Engineers (MSPE), and the National Society of Professional Engineers. John received many awards for engineering excellence and distinguished service including the MSPE Engineer of the Year Award in 1979, as well as his induction into the Engineering Hall of Fame at Wayne State University.

His commitment to the profession is demonstrated not only by the organizations he worked for, but also by the individual people he helped along the way. He developed a tutoring program for young Polish engineers and continues to sponsor an annual engineering scholarship at WSU.

Along with his passion for his family, Country, and engineering career was music. His love for the trumpet was apparent during his naval career when he played reveille to wake up the troops. He continued his musical career playing with the house band for WXYZ Radio, which included playing on the Lone Ranger Show when it aired. And, if you were at an event where there was a piano to be played, that's where you would find John. He was quite the entertainer and would fill the room with his laughter and music. His presence will be greatly missed.

Visitation is from 2:00 until 9:00 PM Sunday, April 7, 2019, with 7:00 PM Navy honors and church prayers at Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home, 2125 Twelve Mile Rd. Berkley (between Woodward Ave. and Coolidge Rd.). Instate 10:00 – 10:30 AM on Monday, April 8, 2019, with mass at 10:30 AM at Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church, 2311 Pulaski St., Hamtramck, MI 48212. Burial will be private at the Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, Michigan. Memorials to Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church would be appreciated by the family.


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Visitation

Sunday

7

Apr

2:00 PM 4/7/2019 2:00:00 PM - 9:00 PM 4/7/2019 9:00:00 PM
Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home & Cremation Services

2125 Twelve Mile Road
Berkley, MI 48072

Navy honors and church prayers will be at 7:00 PM Sunday at the funeral home during the visitation.

Sawyer-Fuller Funeral Home & Cremation Services
2125 Twelve Mile Road Berkley 48072 MI
United States

Visitation

Monday

8

Apr

10:00 AM 4/8/2019 10:00:00 AM - 10:30 AM 4/8/2019 10:30:00 AM
Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church

2311 Pulaski Street
Hamtramck, MI 48212

Visitation at the church 10:00 AM until the funeral Mass at 10:30 AM

Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church
2311 Pulaski Street Hamtramck 48212 MI
United States

Service

Monday

8

Apr

10:30 AM 4/8/2019 10:30:00 AM
Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church

2311 Pulaski Street
Hamtramck, MI 48212

Visitation at the church 10:00 AM until the funeral Mass at 10:30 AM

Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church
2311 Pulaski Street Hamtramck 48212 MI
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Great Lakes National Cemetery Final Resting Place

4200 Belford Road
Holly, MI 48442

4200 Belford Road Holly 48442 MI
United States

Memorial Contribution

Holy Cross Polish National Catholic Church

2311 Pulaski Street
Hamtramck, MI 48212
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