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Jim Saunders

Jim Saunders

Wednesday, July 7th, 1943 - Monday, April 26th, 2021
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Obituary

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Harold James (Jim) Saunders
July 7, 1943 - 26 April 2021

Jim passed away rather suddenly at the age of 77 in Toronto. He was admitted to Etobicoke General Hospital on April 22 after a fall at his apartment in Rexdale and was subsequently diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus, passing away quietly four days later. He was a fiercely independent person who was not particularly outgoing in large groups but who could be incredibly witty and pleasant in smaller settings, and was very much admired and liked by all who knew him well.

Born and raised in Brockville by parents Margaret and Harold Saunders, he and his younger brother Gerald (Gerry) lived in the same house on Edgewood Avenue throughout their entire childhood. Indeed, Jim always thought of and called Brockville home, even though he lived at various times of his life in Montreal, Waterloo and Toronto. He would frequently journey back to Brockville to visit with his parents and continued to keep up the homestead even after it became necessary for his mother to move to Maple View Lodge in Athens.

Jim graduated from the then Brockville Collegiate Institute and Vocational School (BCIVS) and went on to earn a degree in Electrical Engineering from Queens University, which he put to good use with the National Cash Register Company (NCR) in Waterloo and later as a Certification Engineer with the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) in Rexdale. In fact, he once related that, at one time, in his position with CSA he was asked to review a submission for certification of a project that he had worked on previously at NCR.

In his retirement, he spent many hours capturing and documenting images of great art works from around the world in a virtual museum of his own creation. Although his business travels had taken him to many locations (Scotland, Germany, Japan, Taiwan, etc) that most of us can only dream about, he was not want to do a lot of travelling in retirement, not even to the quaint lobster fishing village on the Bay of Fundy where his only brother resides.

He was predeceased by his father Harold and his mother Margaret and is survived by his brother Gerry (Linda) and his niece Heather and nephew Geoffrey as well as grandnephew Quinton and grandnieces Olivia and Mikaylah. Cremation is taking place and he will be interred with his mother and father at Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Maitland at a later date. In lieu of flowers, a donation in Jim’s memory to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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Angel Greenham-Fenlong

Posted at 08:44am
Dear Gerry and Family
So sorry to hear of Jim's passing. I met Jim at MVL where I worked. Jim was always friendly, kind and became part of the family. He would accompany us on our outings with his mother, Jim enjoyed playing cards with the residents and listening to the music. My thoughts, prayers and sympathy are with you all.
Angel Fenlong
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Valerie Eligh

Posted at 09:00am
Our family lived across the street from the Saunders on Edgewood Ave. all our growing up lives. Our parents were friends , as were the other neighbours on the east end of the street. Margaret continued to be in our lives after Harold passed and we saw Jimmy on occasion as he visited his mum. Quiet and private as he was , he always was happy when he returned to his friends in Brockville. Our condolences to Jerry and his family. Valerie Eligh for the Payne family
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