Reginald F. "Reg" Saunders
It is with great sadness that we, the family, of Reginald Franklin Saunders (Reg), announce his sudden passing on Saturday, May 13, 2023, at the Valley Regional Hospital in Kentville, NS age 93.
Reg was a beloved son, husband, father, father-in-law, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.
Reg made many friends throughout his long and productive life, one characterized by integrity and loyalty. The communities of Weston, Kentville and lastly Centreville, all benefited from his selflessness and generosity in his volunteer contributions to Church, community and extended family life.
A dairy farmer until an injury on the farm intervened, Reg found deep satisfaction in a variety of roles ranging from the Poultry Division, to the Farm Management Program, to the Nova Scotia Crop and Livestock Insurance Commission. He was held in high regard by his colleagues and clients in the farming community.
Working side by side, Dad and Mom cheerfully supported and encouraged members of the farming and Church communities. They began their life together leading a youth group and continued to take part in many groups including Cursillo and Alpha, leadership roles of Deacon, Trustee and Building Committee serving as Chair for some of the projects.
Family and friends have many happy memories of square dancing, board and card games, gardening, hiking, traveling, camping, particularly at Keji, Graves Island and the notorious "Dick's Dump" in Malagash with its plentiful pesky mosquitoes.
Dad's interest in sports was marked by his support of Stephen, Karen, and Derek in their sporting interests. He never complained about early morning trips to the rink or clearing the pond for skating. Dad loved the outdoors. Karen and Dad found joy in winter camping and skiing at Keji. Our family and friends shared wonderful snowmobiling adventures together. Stephen and Dad spent many hours together with Woody, the treasured snowmobile. In his later years Dad and Mom relaxed watching hockey, curling and baseball together.
As Grampy and Great-Grampy, he was always interested in the adventures and interests of his younger family members. They filled his heart with love and a zest for life.
Dad's quiet side was evident and recognized by friends, family, and colleagues. In a later chapter of his wonderful life journey Dad was honored with a charter membership in "The Squatters Lodge" (daily coffee or teatime with friends in the metropolis of Centreville). Deepest thanks to the guys who kept Dad charged until his last trip to the hospital and his additional friends, colleagues, and extended family who walked with Dad to create the exceptional man we knew, loved, and respected.
Dad will be deeply missed by his loving wife of 70 years, Ellen (Kenrick), children: Stephen (Janet), Valerie (George) Lohnes, Derek (Kelley), former son-in-law Doug Pulsifer, grandchildren: Vicki (Curt), Adrienne (Justin), Joseph, Nora, Caleb, Emmett, Tobi, Rose, and Will, great-grandchildren: Weston, Stratton, Bronson, Adelia, Evie, and Amelia, sister Mary Anne Carty, nieces, and nephews.
He was predeceased by daughter Karen, grandchildren Anthony and Brynn, parents Frank and Adelia, sisters, and brothers-in-laws Ardyth (Don) Crumb, Barbara (Howard) Fuller, and Gerry Carty.
Cremation has taken place and there will be no visitation by request. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Friday, June 2, 2023 in Centreville Baptist Church. Due to the on-going threat and presence of COVID-19, the family has requested that masks be worn when gathering at the church.
Family flowers only. Memorial donations in Reg's memory may be made to Centreville Baptist Church - New Stained-Glass Window (for a new window recognizing the work of the men in the Church) or a charity of your choice. Memorial arrangements have been entrusted to the White Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Kentville. For complete obituary information and memorial service details, please visit: www.whitefamilyfuneralhome.com.