Long time Ponca City resident Phil Bandy dies
Ponca City Now - January 17, 2014 5:44 pm
Phil Bandy, long time Ponca City resident, died Thursday, January 16, 2014.
A memorial service will be held Monday, January 20th, at 2 pm at the Poncan Theater.
I first met Phil back in the 70’s when he owned Bandy’s clothing store. Even back then I knew he was an amazing guy. I just didn’t know how amazing until later in life.
I really got to know Phil after I moved back to Ponca in the late 90’s. I worked with him in theater, on-air, and in the community. His love of life, his family, and the theater were immense. But his love for Ponca City was overwhelming to me. I grew up here and liked Ponca City, but my love and support for the community here grew by leaps and bounds as I experienced the love Phil had for this city. His portrayal of B.S. Barnes for the community, at events, for the Leadership classes, tourists, and in the theater showed his love of this town and it’s people. He was always willing to go the extra mile.
Phil never met anyone he didn’t like. He had a zest for life that I will never forget, and that I will try to emulate for the rest of my life.
RIP Phil Bandy. You will be missed.
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