Donald Bannister (1943 – 2017) was born on 15 April in Slough, one of four children. He started out as a groundsman for Slough Council before becoming an engineer for BT and then a self-employed gardener until his retirement. Donald loved animals and the outdoors. He married Carol in 1965 and they had a son, Stewart. After they split up, he met second wife Pat in 1994 and became a stepfather to her children.