Earl (Dinny) Banquer

Earl M. Banquer, affectionately known as “Dinny”, of New Haven died at home Wednesday, August 25, 2010, He was the beloved husband of Muriel Gurian Banquer. He was born in Cambridge, MA in 1918 to Alfred and Ethel Banquer. His love of music started in elementary school and lasted throughout his life time. He started first as a member of swing bands and later a member of the New Haven Symphony for 20 years. He taught privately as well as in the New Haven public school system for 14 years. He was a member of the Banquer Woodwind Ensemble which he established to provide his clarinet students with a classical chamber music repertoire. He was a graduate of the Yale School of Music and received the Yale School of Music Alumni Association Certificate of Merit in recognition of distinguished service to the greater New Haven community and the School of Music. He also served as a member of the Maritime Service during WWII. Survivors include his sons David (Cheryl) Banquer of Alabama, Daniel (Barbara) Banquer of MA, Jonathan Banquer of CA and a granddaughter Melinda (James) Blanch.

Service in the Weller Funeral Home, 493 Whitney Ave., New Haven Tuesday afternoon at 1. Interment in the B’nai Jacob Memorial Park, Wintergreen Ave., New Haven. Memorial contributions may be made to either The Jewish Federation of Greater New Haven, The Nature Conservancy or Beth El Kesser Israel.

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  1. Teresa Ann Annunziata said,

    08.27.10 at 8:01 pm

    To the Banquer family,
    I’m so sorry for your loss Earl was a sweetheart. May God be with you, during this time. Earl was always a sweetheart and they don’t make men like that anymore. My prayers are with you.

    Sincerely, TERESA

  2. Jon Banquer said,

    08.28.10 at 1:48 pm


    Thank you for letting me know that my father has died. Your concern for me and your kindness toward me is very much appreciated on my end.

    Jon Banquer
    San Diego, CA

  3. Maria Annunziata said,

    08.29.10 at 12:32 pm

    Muriel and Melinda,

    It is so sad to hear of your loss. Dinny was an awesome man, and will be missed by a lot of people. I have very fond memories of him. At this time if there is anything at all I could do for either one of you, please do not hesitate to ask.

  4. Kim Oldack-Anderson said,

    08.30.10 at 11:41 am

    Muriel, Melinda, and David,

    I am saddened to hear of your loss.
    I hold such fond memories of your family.
    Both you and Earl are two of the kindest
    people that I was honored to know.

    I am sure Earl will be greatly missed.

    My sincere condolences,


    08.30.10 at 5:54 pm


  6. Monica Hammie-Richardson said,

    08.30.10 at 6:00 pm

    We send our deepest condolences to Muriel and her family. Earl will be missed. He was a pleasant man and and a great neighbor for the past 13 years. Please let us know if you need anything.
    Freeman and Carrie Hammie
    Monica, Catherine, Sheila, and their families

  7. Harry and Nettie Bartocetti said,

    08.31.10 at 12:03 pm

    Our deepest sympathy to the Banquer family.

    Dinny was a long and true friend to us. Harry has much to be thankful that he knew Dinny….as a musician, co-worker, dear friend and the most decicated musician . He always greeted us with a smile and a joke ..he will truly be missed

  8. Don and Hazel Reutenauer said,

    08.31.10 at 3:18 pm

    Our condolences to the Banquer family.

    Dinny was my clarinet teacher when I was a youngster, a fellow student at Yale, a musical associate, and simply, a dear friend for over sixty years. I will miss him.

  9. Trish O'Leary Treat said,

    09.01.10 at 4:38 am

    Please accept our sympathies. We will miss his music, his jaunty cap and zest for life. He was a great friend to many in ILR. We would like to help in whatever way we can.
    ILR Curriculum Committee