Jim Jenkins, founder of the Bannister and Jenkins Hardware Co., died on July 27, 2021 at age 96. He was an icon in the home improvement industry and one of the earliest Home Hardware retailers in Canada.
Jenkins was a veteran of World War II, having fought in Operation Overlord on D-Day at Juno Beach, Normandy. After more than four years of service, Jenkins returned to Canada and began Bannister and Jenkins Hardware Co. in 1956.
He served on the CRH board and was the first ever North American President of the International Federation of Ironmongers Associations. In 1984, he received the Canadian Hardware & Housewares Manufacturers Association (CHHMA) Achievement Award for his contribution to the hardware industry.
Jenkins was a great fan of sports, holding hockey dear to his heart and previously sponsored and coached a local hockey team. He is survived by his wife Joan, son Cameron (Nicole), daughter Jane (Geoffrey), grandchildren Charlie, Oliver, Hilary, Addie, Cousin Kay, siblings Marylynn and Herald (deceased), Joyce, Bob, Gerald, Garnet and Rose.