SAUNDERS, William Michael
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1932 - 2014
William Michael Saunders died peacefully on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at the age of 81 in Richmond, BC, Canada. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and many wonderful friends and colleagues. He was born on December 12, 1932 in Maidenhead, England, the eldest of two children of the late William Spearman and Mary Agnes Saunders of Ruislip, England. He attended Beaumont College, Middlesex, England, trained with the Royal Air Force, had a short-term with the Banking Firm, Coutts and Company, and then joined British European Airways. He immigrated to Canada in 1956 to take a position with Canadian Pacific Airlines. A dedicated employee, he served the airline with commitment for 41 years. Michael had a love of flying and, throughout the course of his career, spent many years travelling the world, greeting people with a friendly smile. He was well- known for his warm and welcoming nature. He gave his best and set an example for us all. Michael retired from Canadian Airlines in 1997. An enthusiastic sports person, he loved tennis and swimming, even participating in a marathon at the age of 65. Michael enjoyed life and particularly loved classical music and cultural events. He will be greatly missed by his 6 children; Tim (Cherie) Saunders, Tsawwassen, Craig (Belle) Saunders, Nicola (Andy) Stokes, Patrick (Nicole) Saunders, all of Richmond, Adam Saunders, Duncan and Lara (Gregory) Nikitas, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and 11 grandchildren. Michael married twice, first to Sonia Reeves in England, then to Sandra-Faye Sadd in New Zealand. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, June 12, at 5:00 p.m. at Mayfair Golf and Country Club, 5460 No. 7 Road, Richmond, BC. In lieu of flowers, a donation may be made to Arthritis Society of BC, www.jointsinmotion.ca.
Delta Funeral Home (604) 946-6040
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on June 8, 2014