SAUNDERS, William (Bill) Joseph
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December 12, 1928 - March 22, 2013
William (Bill) Joseph Saunders passed away at home on Friday, March 22, 2013, at the age of 84 years. Born in Olds, AB, he lived in Grande Prairie until the age of 12, when he moved back with his father to the family farm outside of Trochu. He met and married the love of his life, Margaret Hagel, in 1953. He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, a loyal friend, a baseball coach, and an avid follower of the rodeo circuit, reliving the memories he made as a chuck wagon outrider in the 1950's. He volunteered at the Calgary Stampede for the past fifteen years where he enjoyed doing barn tours and sharing stories with visitors from around the world. Dad worked in the mill work business with A.R. Bennett for over thirty years and later as a general contractor and finally retired at the age of 80 as a site inspector. Dad was a member of Corpus Christi Catholic Church for over fifty-five years actively ushering until as recently as three weeks ago. Mom and Dad were married for forty-nine years until her passing in 2002. Dad leaves behind to mourn his loss, two daughters, Kathy Saunders of Red Deer and Anita Winter (Bruce Norcott) of Calgary; four sons, Claude (Sandra) of Jasper, AB, Michael (Sheryl) of Kamloops, BC, Jeffrey (Deborah) of Moncton, NB, and Darren (Sheila) of Calgary; eleven grandchildren, Denise (David), Christopher, Jessica, Matthew, Jordan, Amy, Steven, Jacob, Alexander, Steven and Erin; and three great- grandchildren, Grace, Karson and Sophia and last but not least Munchkin. Dad also leaves behind his lifelong friend, Bob Brewster. Also mourning Dad's loss is his two brothers, George (Marion) and Bert (Florence). Relatives and friends are invited to Prayers and Tributes at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Chapel of the Bells (2720 Centre Street North) on Wednesday, April 3, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at Corpus Christi Catholic Church (corner of 4 Street and Northmount Drive N.W.) on Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 1:00 p.m. Graveside Service to follow in St. Joseph's Section at Queen's Park Cemetery. Condolences may be forwarded through www.mcinnisandholloway.com. In living memory of Bill Saunders, a tree will be planted at Fish Creek Provincial Park.
Published in The Calgary Herald from Mar. 26 to Apr. 2, 2013