John was born in Wagga, well known to the older residents of Wagga as being of the son of Dick Bance and nephew of Jack Bance who ran bike shops in town back in the day.
John along with wife Margaret entered the funeral industry in 1974 purchasing a half share in a long-standing Wagga Wagga firm, moving into the premises above the business with the family which included daughter Joanne and son, Scott. This was a complete change for him having previously worked as an insurance agent and wife Margaret as a nurse. In 1981 John and Margaret decided to opt for something different; but in 1989 the desire to return to the funeral industry saw him accept another offer to purchase a half share in a Wagga Wagga firm. In 1993 Scott joined John in becoming a funeral director. In 2003 the business moved to Ashmont Avenue becoming John Bance & Son Funeral Home.
Over the years John has been actively involved in the Australian Funeral Directors Association, serving as Divisional President for ACT/NSW from 1994-1995. He held a position on National Council for four years, and State Council for ten
John is a stalwart of the Wagga Tigers Football Club, having both played for the team in years gone by - having served on the committee during his long association with the club, holding the position of President in for two years. He has been a proud “Grandy” seeing all five of his grandsons play for the yellow and black – Joanne’s boys Mitchell and Ryan Colvin, and Scott’s three sons Henry, Lonnie and Charles. He also has two lovely granddaughters Ellie and Claire Colvin.
He was a member of the Wagga Lions Club for many years holding the position of President five times, and was a board member of the Riverina Club for twenty-three years.
John and wife Margaret are now both enjoying retirement having handed the running of John Bance & Son over to son Scott.