Sydney Anthony Banton (Syd) was born on June 25, 1949, in Seaforth, St Thomas, Jamaica to the late Inez Codling and Leslie Banton. He came to the United States (Boston) in 1969 and attended ITT Technical Institute. He received a certificate as a Computer Operator. Syd worked for Shawmut Bank as a Computer Operator, Stone & Webster Engineers, Inc. as a Computer Network Engineer and for the City of Boston Two Lot. Syd loved to cook his traditional Jamaican dishes as well as American dishes. He loved music. In his early years for fun, he was a DJ and did some photography work. He was married to wife Diane Banton (who he called “YY”) for 47 years. Even though he was firm, he loved his family and was an excellent family provider. He loved his gadgets. During his retirement QVC 1-2-3 and stainless-steel appliances became his favorite friends. Living in a 3-family home he was the go-to-person when something went wrong on either floor. He knew who to call to get things done. He was a great businessman.
Syd loved God and he joined New Fellowship Christian Ministries under the leadership of Bishop John A. Bridges in 2005. He was promoted to Trustee and was a member of the Brotherhood Choir. His favorite song with the Brotherhood was “Can I get a Witness”. He served faithfully in the church until his health began to interfere with his movement. His favorite Gospel singing group was Clarence Thompson and the New Spirits. He would follow Bro Clarence where he went locally to hear him sing. When he made doctor visits, he would tell his wife “God Got It”. God healed him from prostate cancer and pneumonia.
Syd was a giver and always thought of others, especially his Jamaica family he left back in Jamaica and to his charity institution St. Jude. He went above and beyond for others and didn’t ask for anything in return. He went home to be with The Lord on Friday, December 9th.
He leaves a devoted and loving family to cherish his memories his wife Diane and from this union were born his daughter, Alamisha Banton and his son Kalvin Banton of Boston. 2 additional sons Dwight Banton (Boston) and Dennis Banton(Jamaica) daughter Debbie Crawford (California), brother Leighton (“Teddy) Smith (Boston), sister Marjorie Lathellerie (Canada), uncle Edward Steadman(Delores) (Boston), 1 aunt (Inez Holgate (Larry) (England), 2 sisters-in-laws Ann Jackson(William) and Patricia Boykins (Wendell) (Boston), a special daughter he adopted (Valeria Norman Williams(Joseph) (Boston), 2 cousins in Boston Cathy Steadman, and Marie Angus(Raj). A host of nieces, nephews and cousins in Jamaica, Canada and England, six grandchildren, two great-grands and a host of friends in Boston.
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