I was born in Wagga Wagga a sixties’ child. Mum (Margaret Bance) formerly a Griffith girl and Dad (John Bance) Wagga born and bred and Joanne my sister, two years older than me.
I was eight years old when Dad and Mum first entered the funeral industry and our family lived above the premises in Wagga’s main street. Some very interesting times were had whilst we lived there. Wagga’s main street at night can be “very” active as we were next door to one of Wagga’s famous night spots “Randy’s” and a real eye opener to a young boy.
I went to school firstly at Mount Austin Primary School followed by Kooringal Public School and Wagga High School graduating Yr. 12 in 1984.
I married my school girl sweetheart, Fiona Perryman (a Lockhart girl) in 1992 and after several years working with Fiona in our restaurant “The Locksley Steakhouse” I started in the funeral industry at 26 years old in 1993. We are blessed with three boys, Henry, and twins Lonnie and Charles.
In 2003 John and Margaret, and Fiona and I established John Bance & Son Funeral Home in our current location, 12 Ashmont Ave. Wagga Wagga. Following in dad’s footsteps I have been actively involved in our industry association, the Australian Funeral Directors Association NSW/ACT Division since 2005 as a State Councillor, State Executive and President in 2013-2015 and National Councillor for many years.
The Wagga Tigers Australian Football and Netball Club Inc. have been a major part in our family’s life having been around the club since birth. Like dad I have played and now my playing days are well passed have been on the committee since 2007 and am proudly the current President of the club. Our sons Henry, Lonnie and Charlie all play for the Yellow and Black.
I’m often asked “Do I enjoy my job as a Funeral Director”, my answer is “Yes, I love it. Like any occupation it has its good and not so good days, but the good far outweigh the not so good.” The contact you have with people and providing our client families with a service at a very difficult time is very satisfying.
I’m a proud Wagga Wagga and Riverina person and having made contact and resulting friendships from the many families we serve within our region.