Linda Saunders and her late husband Bill of Bay Roberts always did things together.
© Photo by Nicholas Mercer/The Compass
Bill Saunders was described as a hard working man, and a key piece in the building of the Bay Arena in Bay Roberts.
Whether it was spending time at the couple’s cabin at Ocean Pond, or just doing things around the house, the two were always doing it with each other.
“We loved spending time together,” said Linda.
On Jan. 24, Bill passed away at the Health Sciences Centre in St. John’s. He was 67 years old.
Linda and Bill were married 48 years, and were seeing each other four years before that.
“We enjoyed our lives,” she noted. “We lived life to the fullest.”
Known as a hard working man, Bill was involved in a host of activities in and around Bay Roberts.
He was a master of Lodge Mackay, he was on the board of directors for the Bay Arena Association, a member of the Shriners and he also served on the Vestry of St. Mark's Anglican Church in Shearstown. Those were just a few of the community organizations he was a part of.
On top of all that, Bill was helping with the organization of the history of the Masonic Lodge.
“He loved volunteer work,” said Linda. “He was still active.”
Described as a “jack of all trades,” Bill loved tinkering in the shed with a score of projects, according to his wife. He was also known as a reader.
The couple had three children — Lynette, Chad and Bradford — together.
When Bradford got into hockey, it was no trouble to find Bill in stadiums across the province.
“He followed Bradford everywhere,” said Linda.
Bay Arena original
“Bill was a good friend,” said fellow Bay Arena board member Ed Neil.
Bill and Neil were both members of the original Bay Arena Association that brought the stadium to Bay Roberts.
Starting in 1980 Bill and Neil, along with then MHA Randy Collins, Lewis Gosse, Max Hussey and others worked to get a recreation facility for the region.
“Bill was a straight forward, no nonsense type of fella,” said Neil. “He called it as he saw it, and usually he was right on.”
Bill was the original finance committee chairperson for the Bay Arena association, meaning he was in charge of all of the money that was raised for the arena.
Once the group became an incorporated body, Bill would assume the role of treasurer.
“His heart and soul was the finance part of it,” Neil remembered.
Over the years, Bill would stay on as treasurer and inundate himself with the mechanical workings of the stadium.
"Everything was always passed before Bill," said Neil. "He was the shoulder we all leaned on when it came to finance.
"He knew his onions, I guarantee you that."
Couple had few quarrels
Bill and Linda enjoyed almost 50 years of marriage.
The couple had quarreled little and loved spending time together.
“We enjoyed each other’s company,” she said.
If they wanted to do something, they did it. It’s how they were.
“We never put off doing things,” said Linda.
While she said the two of them had no regrets, Linda admitted their time together ended too soon.
“We had a good life together,” she said. “Bill was a friend I could tell my troubles too.”