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Detective Charlie Banks

05-20-1937  -  07-18-2017

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 Detective Charles “Charlie” D. Banks, age 80, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the Rio Vista community died on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Florida Medical Center with his wife at his side. Charlie was born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania a son to the late Raymond and Hazel Walters Banks.  After graduating high school Charlie went on to serve his country by joining the United States Army from 1955-1961.  Just a brief time following his departure from the Army, Charlie began what would later become the most important thing in his life next to his wife and family, and that is when he was sworn in as police officer with the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Charlie joined the force August 22, 1962 and while there he became known as “auto-theft Charlie,” due to his commitment, he brought to help run the auto-theft division of the department, so much that he followed along with his good friend, Ziggy Zablocki who at the time was with Broward Sheriff’s Office were both instrumental in getting a state unit put together and so they did and it became known as Florida Auto-Theft Intelligence Unit (FATIU).  In addition to his time with the police department, time spent with FATIU, Charlie somehow managed to find time to become active in International Association of Auto Theft Investigators(IAATI) where he held several positions within the organization, including President of the Southeast Regional Chapter.  He retired from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department on March 1, 1988 with 25 and half years with the force.  Following his retirement, he found a new love, although, nothing like what he had for the police department, this time it would be clocks. Charlie became an avid collector of clocks and had amassed thousands of clocks over the years and became a member of National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors(NAWCC). He was also a very proud member of the F.O.P. (Fraternal Order of Police) lodge #31. Charlie leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 34 years, Annis “Ann” McDonald Banks; son and daughter-in-law, Joey and Meredith Ragas, of Louisiana; granddaughter, Katelyn Roberds, of Georgia; brother, Ronald Banks; very special friends, Angela and David Berman of Davie, Florida and Linda Dunbar Orgain; several other relatives and friends. Family and friends will be received on Saturday, July 23, 2017 from 1:00pm-7:00pm and again on Sunday from Noon-2:00pm at Kalis-McIntee Funeral & Cremation Center, 2505 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, Florida 33305.  Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2:00pm at the close of the visitation in the chapel of the funeral home.  He will then be escorted following the service by the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department to his final resting place, Evergreen Cemetery.  The family request that In-lieu of flowers donations be made to C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) by mailing to PO Box 3199 Camdenton, MO 65020 or calling 573-346-4911. 


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Mary Bouck

RIP Charlie. I considered you a good friend for all the years we worked together. You taught me a lot and truly touched my life. I will always remember your smile.

 Posted July 21, 2017 - 4:10pm
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Robert Nye / FBI (Ret.)

From the mid-1980s on, I shared many good years and investigative experiences with Charlie and Ziggy. Both of these individuals are responsible for training both local and federal agencies concerning not just only auto theft, business inspections, vehicle fire investigations, etc. -they also started inspections at Port Everglades for stolen vehicles being shipped overseas, and initiated other investigations involving narcotics being used to purchase these stolen vehicles. Charlie continued working and helping to train investigators from throughout the state after he retired from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. The work that began in Broward County spread throughout the state of Florida and was the motivating factor for many other counties to begin their own auto theft task force. Those of us in law enforcement.. Remember and respect the many years of dedicated law enforcement work conducted by our friend detective Charlie Banks.

 Posted July 21, 2017 - 1:35pm
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Steve Raabe

What a great man and Police Detective. Charlie taught me a lot about auto theft investigations and we would always talk at the POA hall when we saw each other. Charlie was a well respected and always had nice things to say about everyone. Charlie, your a true icon and will be missed. Rest in peace.

 Posted July 21, 2017 - 8:02am
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Gene Rutledge - Calif. Highway Patrol

We are going to miss you Charlie. Your hard work for IAATI and you great sense of humor. Over the years (35 or more) the word Florida to me meant Charlie and Ziggy, and now that both of you are gone, well, I don't know. We were born 6 months apart, so the shadows are lengthing for me, and I am sure I will join you soon. I will be looking to be with you again.

 Posted July 20, 2017 - 12:36pm
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Arnold Blostein

A truly great man.

 Posted July 20, 2017 - 9:16am
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Hans Kooijman. President IAATI 2016-2017

My deepest condoleances. I well respecten member of the IAATI family
I wish you strenght

 Posted July 20, 2017 - 8:43am

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Detective Charlie Banks

May 20, 1937  -  July 18, 2017

Detective Charlie Banks

May 20, 1937  -  July 18, 2017

Obituary

 Detective Charles “Charlie” D. Banks, age 80, of Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the Rio Vista community died on Tuesday, July 18, 2017 at the Florida Medical Center with his wife at his side. Charlie was born in Kittanning, Pennsylvania a son to the late Raymond and Hazel Walters Banks.  After graduating high school Charlie went on to serve his country by joining the United States Army from 1955-1961.  Just a brief time following his departure from the Army, Charlie began what would later become the most important thing in his life next to his wife and family, and that is when he was sworn in as police officer with the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department. Charlie joined the force August 22, 1962 and while there he became known as “auto-theft Charlie,” due to his commitment, he brought to help run the auto-theft division of the department, so much that he followed along with his good friend, Ziggy Zablocki who at the time was with Broward Sheriff’s Office were both instrumental in getting a state unit put together and so they did and it became known as Florida Auto-Theft Intelligence Unit (FATIU).  In addition to his time with the police department, time spent with FATIU, Charlie somehow managed to find time to become active in International Association of Auto Theft Investigators(IAATI) where he held several positions within the organization, including President of the Southeast Regional Chapter.  He retired from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department on March 1, 1988 with 25 and half years with the force.  Following his retirement, he found a new love, although, nothing like what he had for the police department, this time it would be clocks. Charlie became an avid collector of clocks and had amassed thousands of clocks over the years and became a member of National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors(NAWCC). He was also a very proud member of the F.O.P. (Fraternal Order of Police) lodge #31. Charlie leaves to cherish his memory his wife of 34 years, Annis “Ann” McDonald Banks; son and daughter-in-law, Joey and Meredith Ragas, of Louisiana; granddaughter, Katelyn Roberds, of Georgia; brother, Ronald Banks; very special friends, Angela and David Berman of Davie, Florida and Linda Dunbar Orgain; several other relatives and friends. Family and friends will be received on Saturday, July 23, 2017 from 1:00pm-7:00pm and again on Sunday from Noon-2:00pm at Kalis-McIntee Funeral & Cremation Center, 2505 N. Dixie Highway, Wilton Manors, Florida 33305.  Funeral services will be held on Sunday at 2:00pm at the close of the visitation in the chapel of the funeral home.  He will then be escorted following the service by the City of Fort Lauderdale Police Department to his final resting place, Evergreen Cemetery.  The family request that In-lieu of flowers donations be made to C.O.P.S. (Concerns of Police Survivors) by mailing to PO Box 3199 Camdenton, MO 65020 or calling 573-346-4911. 


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Mary Bouck

RIP Charlie. I considered you a good friend for all the years we worked together. You taught me a lot and truly touched my life. I will always remember your smile.

 Posted July 21, 2017 - 4:10pm
R
Robert Nye / FBI (Ret.)

From the mid-1980s on, I shared many good years and investigative experiences with Charlie and Ziggy. Both of these individuals are responsible for training both local and federal agencies concerning not just only auto theft, business inspections, vehicle fire investigations, etc. -they also started inspections at Port Everglades for stolen vehicles being shipped overseas, and initiated other investigations involving narcotics being used to purchase these stolen vehicles. Charlie continued working and helping to train investigators from throughout the state after he retired from the Fort Lauderdale Police Department. The work that began in Broward County spread throughout the state of Florida and was the motivating factor for many other counties to begin their own auto theft task force. Those of us in law enforcement.. Remember and respect the many years of dedicated law enforcement work conducted by our friend detective Charlie Banks.

 Posted July 21, 2017 - 1:35pm
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Steve Raabe

What a great man and Police Detective. Charlie taught me a lot about auto theft investigations and we would always talk at the POA hall when we saw each other. Charlie was a well respected and always had nice things to say about everyone. Charlie, your a true icon and will be missed. Rest in peace.

 Posted July 21, 2017 - 8:02am
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Gene Rutledge - Calif. Highway Patrol

We are going to miss you Charlie. Your hard work for IAATI and you great sense of humor. Over the years (35 or more) the word Florida to me meant Charlie and Ziggy, and now that both of you are gone, well, I don't know. We were born 6 months apart, so the shadows are lengthing for me, and I am sure I will join you soon. I will be looking to be with you again.

 Posted July 20, 2017 - 12:36pm
A
Arnold Blostein

A truly great man.

 Posted July 20, 2017 - 9:16am
H
Hans Kooijman. President IAATI 2016-2017

My deepest condoleances. I well respecten member of the IAATI family
I wish you strenght

 Posted July 20, 2017 - 8:43am

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