Dr. Fred D. Banfield, 76
Wednesday, June 05, 2013 10:03 AM
Dr. Fred D. Banfield, 76, died Friday, May 24, 2013, while in the special care of Seasons Hospice after battling a lengthy illness.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Oct. 7, 1936, he graduated from Episcopal Academy in Philadelphia, Pa., Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., and Temple University School of Medicine in Philadelphia.
Fred married Gilda (Jill) Lepone on Nov. 26, 1960, in Moorestown, N.J. After completing a medical internship in Allentown, Pa., he moved the family to Alaska where he served his military requirement in the Public Health Service. In 1965, he moved the family to Rochester, and was the sixth physician to join what is now known as Olmsted Medical Center. In 1980, he started the Chatfield Medical Center and in 1987 the Rochester Family Medicine Clinic. He had a great passion for helping entire families solve their medical problems.
For many years, Fred's life revolved around staying active and physical fitness. Another great passion was racquetball, and he was honored with inductions to both the Rochester Racquetball Hall of Fame and the Minnesota Racquetball Hall of Fame in 1988. He loved to compete at anything. Whether it was racquetball, running, golf, or cribbage, he loved to "win."
He is survived by his wife of over 52 years, Gilda (Jill); five children, JoEllyn (Deryck) Jolstad of Minneapolis, Fritz of Rochester, Raymond (Jill Yavitt) of Winnetka, Ill., Liz (Rob McPherson) Banfield of Minneapolis, and Matthew (Laurence) of Edina; 12 grandchildren, Caroline Jolstad, Grant Jolstad, Merideth Jolstad, Brady Banfield, Nick Banfield, Henry Yavitt, Sam Yavitt, Neil Banfield, Grier McPherson, Charlotte McPherson, Ellie Banfield and Thomas Banfield. He is also survived by two sisters, Nancy (Ted) Feher and Jane (Don) Burney, both of Houston, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Virginia Banfield.
A Celebration of Life Mass was held Monday, June 10, at St. John the Evangelist Catholic Church in Rochester.
Memorials are preferred to Rochester Area Family Y or Seasons Hospice.
Macken Funeral Home assisted the family with arrangements.