Clinton Edmund Saunders

January 29, 1938 – November 14, 2022
In loving memory ~
Clint, 84 years of age, peacefully passed on November 14, 2022 at 4:06 pm with his wife Barbara and daughter Ashley by his side in Prince George, BC. He was born in 1938 in Slough, Buckinghamshire, England. He and his young family immigrated to Canada in 1973. Clint lived in Prince George, BC 1973-1985 then moved to Nelson BC, 1985 – 2018. His final years were spent in Prince George BC, where he resided at Birchview Residence (2018) and Gateway Complex Care Long Term Care (2018 – 2022).
Clint is survived by his wife of 43 years, Barbara, children Ashley (Todd), Rachel, stepdaughters Jo-Ann (Marvin), Laurie (Kelly), and Susan as well as many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. He is also survived by his brother Keith and many relatives in England.
He was predeceased by his first wife, Patricia, son Mark (Naomi), grandchildren Alicia, Kyle, Arwen, great- grandchild Preston and his brother Roger.
In England, Clint completed an apprenticeship where he became a Machinist. Once Clint finished his apprenticeship, he served 2 years in the English Army as a sharpshooter. During his time in the army, he and his platoon marched in the 1962 movie ‘The Longest Day’ starring John Wayne and Henry Fonda. He immigrated and temporarily worked at a machine shop in Burnaby before joining BC Hydro in Prince George 1973 until retirement in 1995. His BC Hydro career was at Prince George Central Workshop, where he also enjoyed participating in first aid competitions and at Kootenay Canal. He could create and build almost anything. This ability to modify anything and everything earned him the nickname “the Modifier” by his friends and co-workers.
Clint and Barb began running in Prince George in 1978. Running was the reason they enjoyed many trips to compete in numerous runs, marathons, triathlons, the BC Seniors Games, Canada Seniors Games and the World Senior Games. This included trips to the east coast of Canada, various places in the US, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Clint coached High School Cross Country running 1981-1984 in Prince George and continued coaching for several years after moving to Nelson. Clint was proud to be a 40 year (1980-2020) participant in the Terry Fox Runs. Some years he would participate in multiple runs in surrounding towns if able.
Clint had lots of energy and was always on the go. He had many hobbies including gardening, puzzles, cycling, canoeing, snowshoeing, birdwatching and hiking. He was a poet and gifted many friends original poetry at milestone celebrations. He helped to install lighting at Otway and helped develop cross country skiing trails near Nelson. Clint enjoyed a challenge and purchased many run down homes to renovate and upgrade. He loved murder mysteries (Midsomer Murders on TV) and was an avid reader of books by Ruth Rendell.
Thank you to the staff of Birchview Residence (2018) and Gateway Complex Care unit (2018-2022) for the wonderful care provided to Clint.
There will not be a service at Clinton’s request. In lieu of flowers, donations may be offered in Clint’s name to the Alzheimer’s Society of BC, BC Children’s Hospital or the charity of your choice.
In the Spring of 2023, Clint’s family will celebrate his life by sharing one of his favourite hikes.

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