May 25, 2018

William Henry Saunders, Jr.


Rehoboth – William Henry Saunders, Jr., 62, passed away suddenly at home on Sunday, August 13, 2017. He was the beloved husband of Alisa (Prata) Saunders for 34 years. Born in Providence, Bill lived his entire life in his family home in Rehoboth and was a son of the late William H., Sr. and Rachel (Hayward) Saunders. He was a graduate of Dighton-Rehoboth High School and an owner-operator, leasing to D.J. Cronin Transportation, Inc., Seekonk for many years. Bill was a Life Member of the NRA and a member of the OOIDA. Bill and his wife celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on an Alaskan cruise and promised to return every five years-he called it God's country. He enjoyed hunting, woodworking, and feeding and watching “his” birds. Bill was an all-around “Good Man”, great husband, wonderful Dad and Grandpa. Besides his beloved wife, he leaves two children, Caitlin and Christopher Saunders and Christopher’s girlfriend, Emily Simpson; a granddaughter, Jadyn Saunders; three siblings, Leslie Saunders, Lisa Saunders Block and her husband, Ralph, C. Stewart Saunders and his wife, Lisa Christiansen; Bill was the much loved son-in-law of Josseline Prata of Rehoboth, brother-in-law of Alison and Chris O'Grady, Andrea and John Murphy, Amanda and Brian Timberlake, Andrew Prata Sr. and Adam and Tricia Prata. He also left many nieces and nephews and great nieces and nephews and his dog, Jinger. Through Bill’s generosity, he was an organ donor and has given the gift of life to others in need. At the services, friends, family and co-workers paid an amazing final tribute to a one in a million kind of guy who will be truly missed.


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