ISLAND FALLS and ZEPHYRHILLS, Fla. – Dr. George W. Banton, D.M.D., 88, passed away March 28, 2009, at Hernando Pasco Hospice, Dade City, Fla. He was born March 22, 1921, in Bangor, to Dr. Leon and Mrs. Lyda Banton and they moved to Island Falls that same year. George received his early education at Island Falls High School, graduating in 1939, and Hebron Academy, graduating in 1940. He then went on to the University of Maine at Orono, before attending Tufts Dental School, graduating in 1945. He married his wife, Marie E. Martin that same year. Dr. Banton served in the U.S. Navy as a dentist and was honorably discharged at the end of World War II. After the completion of his time in the Navy, he opened his dental practice in Island Falls and Patten in 1946, where he practiced for 37 years. He retired in 1983 and spent his winters in Zephyrhills, Fla. George greatly enjoyed his time outdoors. He spent many hours on the golf course and especially enjoyed time spent at his hunting camp surrounded by friends and family. He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Marie Banton of Zephyrhills, Fla.; a sister, Gail Banton Sleeper of Lincoln and Zephyrhills, Fla.; three children: son, Craig and Vicki of Cumberland; daughter, Martha Murray of Lebanon, Tenn.; daughter, Suzanne and Glenn Cates of Zephyrhills, Fla.; two granddaughters, Kelly Banton Cyr and husband, Eric, of Gorham and Kimberly Howley Lowe and husband, Edward, of Lebanon, Tenn.; three great-grandchildren, Patrick and Jack Cyr of Gorham and Addison Lowe of Lebanon, Tenn.; several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; a son-in-law, Joseph Murray; and brother-in-law, Dr. Joseph Sleeper. A graveside memorial service at Island Falls Cemetery will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in George’s memory to Amandalee Weiss Sarcoma Fund, Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Drive, UTC-FOUND, Tampa, FL 33612 or Hernando Pasco Hospice, 37439 Clinton Ave., Dade City, FL 33525.