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Kevin Winburn Saunders

September 9, 1953 ~ January 5, 2024 (age 70) 70 Years Old

Kevin Saunders Obituary

SAUNDERS, Kevin Winburn (70) of Brooklyn, Hants County passed away in the Halifax Infirmary on January 5, 2024, the very day his wife Diane and soulmate of 45 years, reached her 70th birthday.  

Born in Kearney Lake, Kevin was the oldest son of John Laurie and Mary Lee (MacEachern) Saunders.  He spent his teen years living with his grandparents John & Hattie (O’Leary) Saunders in Lower Burlington where he attended Hants West Rural High School.  His days were spent with friends cruising “the shore” in his blue 1960’s Dodge A100 van and scoping out ways to make his next buck doing odd jobs.  It was at this time he met the love of his life on a blind date.  He was smitten and the two were married and settled into family life raising three children.

Kevin valued friendship and always made it a priority to come together to enjoy time with his large group of loyal friends.  Thursday trips to the camp to play crib with the guys was a staple and was accompanied with a feed of deer steak.  His hunting and fishing trips to Newfoundland were something he treasured both for the geography and the company he shared it with.  The Dominican Republic was his second home and he enjoyed his yearly trips to enjoy some sunshine and spend time with his Dominican family.  With the goal of having a good time music was always included.  Although a lover of the blues, his tastes didn’t stop there.  He didn’t discriminate when it came to genres, if there was a beat, his foot was tapping!

Even at the end he found a way to laugh and enjoyed sharing his endless supply of Dad jokes to anyone who would listen.  The words “pull my finger” will forever bring a smile to his grandchildren’s faces and the Rolling Stones lyrics “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”  will forever have special meaning.  Although strong-willed and stubborn at times, he had an enormous heart and wonderful sense of humor. He was generous, loyal, and brave. He was clever and full to the brim with knowledge gained through all of his life experiences: mechanic, hunter, fisherman, land-developer, contractor- he could fix or build anything!
With over 40 years as a landlord he was a well-known fixture in the community and always went out of his way to help those in need of housing, especially the vulnerable.  He offered an outstretched hand to those where others may have walked away.  He truly believed in second chances and did what he could to ensure everyone got a fair opportunity to better themselves when life took them down the wrong path.

Kevin was predeceased by his parents Laurie Saunders and Lee (MacEachern) Saunders, grandparents John and Hattie (O’Leary) Saunders, brothers Gordon, Ryan, sister Leota and of course his beloved jack russell terriers; Willie, Wilma and Oreo.  

He is survived by his loving wife Diane (Clark) Saunders, children Tanya (Michael) of Wentworth Creek, Jason (Stephanie) of Brooklyn and Laura of Camperdown.  One can’t forget his two grandchildren, Olivia and Connor whom he loved beyond words.  In addition to his family, he will be deeply missed by Taylor and Mataya (his self-appointed grandchildren), many loyal friends, business acquaintances and extended family.  It is also important to note Kevin had a group of friends in the Dominican Republic whom he also thought of as family.

He will be remembered for all the heart he shared with his friends and family. He truly loved each of them- and if you knew him, you knew it. When his time came, he carried himself with dignity, strength, and lots of love. He will be missed dearly.

True to Kevin’s fashion, there will be no service, certainly no pomp and circumstance. A celebration of life will occur on January 27, 2024 from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm at the Royal Canadian Legion – 35 Empire Lane, Windsor, NS.

In keeping with Kevin’s endeavor to assist individuals find a place to call home, especially those most in need, it is requested that in lieu of flowers, memorial donations be given to any organization helping to ease the burdens of homelessness in our community or your local foodbank.


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