Harold Saunders

Obituary of Harold "Harry" William Saunders

Peacefully, with family by his side on Friday, February 18, 2022 at LHSC, University Hospital, Harold "Harry" Saunders passed away in his 93rd year. Beloved husband of the late Shirley Saunders (née Rayner) (2010). Loving Dad to Sue (Joe) Michalski, the late Harry Saunders (1989) and Kenn (Cindy) Saunders. Dear grandfather of Mike Michalski (Mel Perri and her daughter Savannah), Andy Michalski (Jess and her son Benjamin), Ryan Saunders (Teran Staniforth-Ruble) and Michael Saunders. Survived by his sister Doreen Saunders. Predeceased by his brothers Don (2010), Doug (1979) and Ted (2013). Forever in the hearts of many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends. During Harold's childhood and teen years, Dad was greatly involved in drum corps. First with the 202 Squadron RCAF York Lions Bugle Band, which evolved into the very successful 180th Mosquito Air Corp under the direction of Dads father and bandmaster Harry Saunders,along with his brothers Don, Doug and Ted. When dad was a young adult he then joined the Toronto Signal Corp or (SIGS)as it was known. Although it was not a Canadian military band by virtue of being under the Music Branch of the Canadian Forces, it was directly affiliated with 32nd Signal Regiment of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals. Dads work career started with Canadian General Electric Company in Toronto in 1948 at the age of 18, where he started in the mail room and then accounting department. He later on while at GE met the love of his life and our Mum Shirley, where she worked on the plant floor in the Lamp Department. They were married in 1955 and started a family shortly there after then settled in Aurora, Ontario. Dad was promoted to travelling sales in 1962 and accepted a transfer to London where the family re-located in 1967. In 1982 Dad was layed off from GE during the height of the recession and within no time was scouted by Leviton Manufacturing Company as a territory sales representative up until his retirement in 1993. During retirement Dads time was spent golfing, woodworking and fishing when up north. During retirement he found himself back in bands playing with the Old Elgin Band of St. Thomas where he also became president until it disbanded and then played with the Mocha Shrine Band of London. Dad found himself alone when our Mum Shirley passed away in 2010. Dad marched on and continued to live his life out living on his own independently and still driving right up to 2 weeks before his passing. Dad was the neighbourhood go to as Mr. Fix-It on his street. If a neighbour needed electrical work done, he did it. If you needed plumbing work done, he did it. There was nothing that he was not capable of doing. His home was the centre for candy apples at halloween since moving to London right up to last year. Everyone in the neighbourhood knew Dad, and the children affectionately knew him as Mr. Saunders when he would sit on his front porch with his dog Molly where he would chat with everyone that walked by. You made everyone laugh with your one liners and they will always resonate with us. Thank you Dad for everything that you have given us, taught us and loved us. Like you always said, we are here for a good time and not a long time. We love you Dad. Visitation will be held at Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas Street, London, Ontario (between Waterloo & Colborne St.), on Thursday, February 24, 2022 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Funeral service will follow in the Logan Chapel at 12:00 p.m. Interment in Woodland Cemetery, London, Ontario. If you wish to attend the visitation and/or funeral service for Harold, please call the Logan Funeral Home (519) 433-6181 or email loganfuneralhome@execulink.com and reference "Saunders" in the subject line. Include your name and phone number for all members of your group. *NOTE*: As per the directive of the Bereavement Authority of Ontario, attendance numbers will be restricted and masks are mandatory. Logan Funeral Home will be providing a live stream service at the time of the ceremony. Click HERE to register for live stream link. Please follow necessary instructions. Those who wish may make memorial donations to the London Humane Society www.hslm.ca or Salthaven www.salthaven.org in memory of Harold. Online condolences can be expressed at www.loganfh.ca Services: Service Date Thursday, February 24, 2022 Service Time 12:00 p.m. Service Location Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas Street, London, Ontario Visitation Thursday, February 24, 2022 Visitation Time 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Visitation Location Logan Funeral Home, 371 Dundas Street, London, Ontario Burial Date Thursday, February 24, 2022 Burial Time Following Funeral Service Burial Location Woodland Cemetery, London, Ontario Requested Charity London Humane Society or Salthaven
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