April 12, 1926 – September 17, 2015
Passed away in his 90th year on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at Amica Retirement Centre, Dundas, Ontario. Joseph was predeceased by Arline, his wife of 61 years. Survived by three children — Susan Ban (Bob Rutledge), David Ban (Dee Mehl), and Deborah Ban (Craig Rumble) as well as grandchildren, Samuel (Taylor), Michael, Aaron (Caroline), Jacob (Grady), and Braelyn, and four great grandchildren; dear friend of many, especially Virginia Bontje. Joseph was a man of deep Christian faith, profound hope and generous love. His passion for learning and teaching led him to author numerous books, including Education for Change, Facing Today’s Demands, and Jesus Confronts Life’s Issues. An ordained minister in both the American Baptist Churches USA and Canadian Baptist Churches of Ontario & Quebec, he, along with his wife, Arline, travelled and taught internationally. Dr Ban was a pastor and served on the denominational staff of ABC USA. He guided students as chaplain at Penn State University and also served as chaplain and professor of history at Linfield College, Oregon, moving to Canada for his appointment as professor of Christian Education at McMaster Divinity College. Upon his retirement he received the honour of Emeritus Professor. The family expresses great appreciation to Dr J. Williams of Dundas for nearly 40 years of exceptional medical care. A Celebration of Joseph’s life will be held Monday, September 21 at 11 am at the Cattel, Eaton & Chambers Funeral Home 53 Main Street, Dundas, reception to follow. The family will gather on the west coast for a private service and interment.