Bill Saun­ders re­mem­bered as a hard work­ing man

The Compass - - OBITUARY - BY NI­CHOLAS MERCER nmercer@cb­n­com­pass.ca

Linda Saun­ders and her late hus­band Bill of Bay Roberts al­ways did things to­gether.

Whether it was spend­ing time at the cou­ple’s cabin at Ocean Pond, or just do­ing things around the house, the two were al­ways do­ing it with each other.

“We loved spend­ing time to­gether,” said Linda.

On Jan. 24, Bill passed away at the Health Sciences Cen­tre in St. John’s. He was 67 years old.

Linda and Bill were mar­ried 48 years, and were see­ing each other four years be­fore that.

“We en­joyed our lives,” she noted. “We lived life to the fullest.”

Known as a hard work­ing man, Bill was in­volved in a host of ac­tiv­i­ties in and around Bay Roberts.

He was a mas­ter of Lodge Mackay, he was on the board of di­rec­tors for the Bay Arena As­so­ci­a­tion, a mem­ber of the Shriners and he also served on the Vestry of St. Mark’s Angli­can Church in Shearstown. Those were just a few of the com­mu­nity or­ga­ni­za­tions he was a part of.

We en­joyed our lives. We lived life to the fullest.

— Linda Saun­ders

On top of all that, Bill was help­ing with the or­ga­ni­za­tion of the his­tory of the Ma­sonic Lodge.

“He loved vol­un­teer work,” said Linda. “He was still ac­tive.”

De­scribed as a “jack of all trades,” Bill loved tin­ker­ing in the shed with a score of projects, ac­cord­ing to his wife. He was also known as a reader.

The cou­ple had three chil­dren — Lynette, Chad and Brad­ford.

When Brad­ford got into hockey, it was no trou­ble to find Bill in sta­di­ums across the prov­ince.

“He fol­lowed Brad­ford ev­ery­where,” said Linda.

Bay Arena orig­i­nal

“Bill was a good friend,” added fel­low Bay Arena board mem­ber Ed Neil.

Bill and Neil were both mem­bers of the orig­i­nal Bay Arena As­so­ci­a­tion board that brought the sta­dium to Bay Roberts.

Start­ing in 1980 Bill and Neil, along with then MHA Randy Collins, Lewis Gosse, Max Hussey and oth­ers worked to get a recre­ation fa­cil­ity for the re­gion.

“Bill was a straight for­ward, nonon­sense type of fella,” said Neil. “He called it as he saw it, and usu­ally he was right on.”

Bill was the orig­i­nal fi­nance com­mit­tee chair­per­son for the Bay Arena as­so­ci­a­tion, mean­ing he was in charge of all of the money that was raised for the arena.

Once the group be­came an in­cor­po­rated body, Bill would as­sume the role of trea­surer.

“His heart and soul was the fi­nance part of it,” Neil re­mem­bered.

Over the years, Bill would stay on as trea­surer and in­un­date him­self with the me­chan­i­cal work­ings of the sta­dium.

“Ev­ery­thing was al­ways passed be­fore Bill,” said Neil. “He was the shoul­der we all leaned on when it came to fi­nance.

“He knew his onions, I guar­an­tee you that.”

Cou­ple had few quar­rels

Bill and Linda en­joyed al­most 50 years of mar­riage.

The cou­ple had quar­reled lit­tle and loved spend­ing time to­gether.

“We en­joyed each other’s com­pany,” she said.

If they wanted to do some­thing, they did it. It’s how they were.

“We never put off do­ing things,” said Linda.

While she said the two of them had no re­grets, Linda ad­mit­ted their time to­gether ended too soon.

“We had a good life to­gether,” she said. “Bill was a friend I could tell my trou­bles too.”

Sub­mit­ted photo

Bill Saun­ders was de­scribed as a hard work­ing man, and a key piece in the build­ing of the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts.

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