02/08/2012 6:21PM

Woodbine: James Bannon dies at 84

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A funeral service will be held Friday for James Joseph Bannon, who died at Toronto's St. Joseph's Hospital on Tuesday at age 84.

Bannon was the father of Jim Bannon, longtime editor and author of the Woodbine Journal and a television commentator for Woodbine. The senior Bannon's selections had been published under the nom de plume "Abernathy" in  Woodbine's Thoroughbred program for the last five decades.

The service will be held at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church, 480 Rathburn Road, Toronto, at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations to Sharelife or a charity of choice would be appreciated.