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Rhonda Lee Read posted a condolence
Tuesday, December 12, 2017To Doug's family; I was saddened to hear of Doug's passing, and will pray for his eternal rest in the arms of Our Father Creator. As a fellow musician/singer, Doug and I crossed paths in various circles...as I sang professionally at Victoria Royce, Leaside Presbyterian, Deerpark Anglican, Christ Church and also with the COC, TMYC and OYC. He was always out and about, hungry for music everywhere - and in this we shared a true passion. May you all find comfort through your sorrow; knowing that he was so loved, and will be so missed by many. God's Best Blessings of peace and understanding for all of you this Christmas and in days to come - RL Read
Johanne Plante & Patrice Murray posted a condolence
Monday, December 11, 2017Dear Dennis (and Sylvie), We would have liked to be with you during that difficult ordeal. We know how you and Sylvie were attached to Doug. And because he is a Saunders, we are sure he was also a nice and funny guy, as you are! Please, receive our deepest sympathy, from Johanne and myself and be sure that we thought to you and Doug during the last week-end. We let you and your family in the expectation to see you as soon as possible in our new and larger condo in Quebec city! We know it is not evident, but in spite of that sad event, we wich you the best Christmas possible in these circumstances. With all our love and friendship (and excuses for that english writing!), Johanne Plante & Pat Murray Ville de Québec
Jim and Marchesa Paget posted a condolence
Saturday, December 9, 2017Dorothy we are sorry to hear about the passing of your brother. We offer our condolences.Take care and our prayers are with you and your family.
Dale Saunders posted a condolence
Saturday, December 9, 2017Doug was born as an only child to Leslie and Doris Saunders. This situation continued for 3 years until it was disrupted by what would eventually be the arrival of 5 siblings to follow. His initial reaction was a plaintiff “I only wanted a pussy cat.” Shortly thereafter he embraced being a big brother. If a thesaraus had illustrations, the list with Doug's picture could include: loving, affectionate, supportive, patient, humourous, fun, respectful and encouraging of your expression, protective, nurturing, positive, generous, accessible. As a child, Doug was comfortable with people; which included contemporaries, younger ones, 'grown-ups', and elderly. As he got older he would take the bus to church for choir, altar guild, catachism class, and AnglicanYoung People's Association. Music was integral as evidenced by attending choir schools, string quartets, more church choirs, North York Youth Choir . Later on he would travel out of town to visit many of the most distant relatives. At age 14 he went to Vermont to work at Marg and Charlie Mraz's Champlain Valley Apiary. Charlie later revealed that he intentionally assigned Doug some tough work to see how much he could handle. Without any sort of grudging complaint Doug good-naturedly undertook everything he was asked. When Doug returned home at the end of summer he had transformed from a somewhat pudgy kid into a handsome young man. He also brought a few boxes containing gifts that he had purchased with his earnings. (As I recall the contents included what was his inaugural procurement of a 'dish set' - blue and white glass, with fluted rims; in retrospect, the harbinger of Doug's emerging infatuation with place settings.) He did a second summer with Marg & Charlie, and continued the trend of combined [summer + cousins + bees] with the Mesley's in Kemptville. It seemed outrageously courageous to willingly go among all those honey bees. At the time Doug completed high school, most schoolmates would be applying directly for further studies at university, college, apprenticeship training etc., Doug delayed continuing scholastic studies, instead, opting to work and travel to gather life-experience. (This actually became much more popular five years later when people would 'thumb through Europe'). He returned to school to collect a music degree at University of Western Ontario. (side note: I 'liberated' from Doug my all-time favourite coat, a purple jacket ironically emblazoned with WESTERN MUSIC). His continuation of studies included teacher's college, and the Divinity degree at Trinity College, University of Toronto. He made and kept friends wherever he went, always striving to maintain various methods of correspondance as evidenced by his substantial mail list. While working as a brakeman with Canadian National Railways he developed friendships with families in Thunder Bay, Capriol, Sioux Lookout, etc. Eventually Doug became a school teacher. In his early years he held classes north of Toronto in Kettleby, and later in Toronto inner-city schools. He continued to share his knowledge and love of performing arts and beauty by being a supportive patron of ballet, symphony, opera, museum, art gallery, theatre, Royal Winter Fair, Metro Zoo, as well as being a devout attender of Tuesday Movies often treating admission for a friend or family member to accompany. The Saunders family increased, adding a generation of off-spring. Some friends of Doug were similarly blessed. Brother Doug enhanced his resume with Uncle Doug and Godfather Doug – numerous times. He took these titles seriously. Briefly noting some of Doug's talents – which he was inclined to share: Music as a participant – pianist, cellist, chorister, choir master, conductor, organist, music librarian, mentor and teacher. Photographer – nature portraits, people Historian – family tree Teacher/Intellectual – pick a topic Traveller – especially fond of visiting cathedrals, befriending the attendant organist and being invited to actually play the instruments (this is sort of like a racing fan being asked to take a car for a test lap). In my sentiment, these are remembrances of the brother I adore that I choose to keep. In more recent times, Doug's compromised health hindered his mobility and opportunity to participate and attend in beloved activities and gatherings. His social outings morphed into doctor and clinic appointments. Even though he was needing help in many instances he would not actually request it, nonetheless people have been inclined to take initiative and offer assistance. Doug has always been very appreciative not just for the generosity to himself, but including generosity his friends and family have also been treated to. In this spirit of giving and gratitude: thank you to Doug's support network of caregiving, those who helped with prayers, positivity, errands and tasks, visiting and calling; you considerably extended his life and eased his comfort level. Please remember Doug as this beautiful soul with love and joy.
Cynde Harmon posted a condolence
Friday, December 8, 2017To all my extended and loving Saunders family. Doug was older than us kids, Patti and me, and he was not at the house often when I was there, but I can remember many many happy memories with him. Especially at Christmas time with the music playing and Christmas candy house, where the entire family would be involved in making it. I had never seen such a loving, beautiful family, and I was so honoured to have felt a part of it. I loved being in your home, as I felt it was my home too. Mr & Mrs Saunders were like my 2nd Mom & Dad, the Saunders boys I considered as the brothers I never had, coming from a 6 girl family, and the sisters were friends of my other sisters, so I had a very large family in all! My heart goes out to all of you. I wish I could be there to give you all a hug. Know that my prayers and my thoughts are always with you. Momma Saunders, I can not imagine the loss you are feeling but I know that the strength and grace you always showed us while we were growing up, you will somehow find the strength to show the rest of us how to go on in times like these. Rest in peace Doug, we will miss you. My love to you all forever. Cynde (Scott) Harmon xoxoxoxoxo
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Friday, December 8, 2017
Joe Banks posted a condolence
Wednesday, December 6, 2017Sincere condolences from Diane and I Patti.
Norm Savill posted a condolence
Wednesday, December 6, 2017To Doug’s family and especially Do It is with great sadness that Lise and I learned of Doug’s passing. Although we did not know him personally we do know that his passing will leave a huge hole in the heart of his mom and his family. May the faith that passed all understanding be the strength you will all need at this terribly sad time. Lots of love Norm Savill - Lise Hansen
Josee and Robert Murphy posted a condolence
Tuesday, December 5, 2017We are both very sorry about your loss. Please wish everyone our very best
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Wendy Parr posted a condolence
Tuesday, December 5, 2017So sorry to hear of Doug's passing. He was a wonderful man. My condolences to the family.