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Obituary for WILLIAM ISAAC SAUNDERS
On the evening of March 8, 2015, the last surviving child of Margaret Saunders, William Isaac Saunders, Sr., without complaint, shed all discomfort and illness and departed for his heavenly home to be reunited with his beloved wife, Sara Rebecca Gross; daughter, Tema Mason; granddaughter, Randolyn Cottman; his mother and siblings.
Isaac, also known by William, Ike, Irishman, Pop, Pop-Pop, Dad, Daddy, Grand Pop, and Uncle Isaac lead a quiet, unassuming life. He was educated in the public schools of Calvert County, proudly served his country in the United States Army from 1943 -1946, and supported his family as a construction laborer, farm worker, oyster shucker, boat builder, and Head Start bus driver.
During his vibrant years, Isaac appreciated watching baseball, wrestling, and "shoot 'em-up" westerns. He liked hunting squirrels and rabbits. He and Sara enjoyed playing four-handed card games against neighboring couples. He was known for his homemade wine.
For most of his retirement years, Isaac could be seen sitting roadside in a lawn chair observing the early morning traffic. Unknown to his family this made him a neighborhood icon. When Isaac was no longer able to live alone and resided at Solomons Nursing and Rehabilitation Center SNRC), (family members were surprised by how many inquiries from strangers they encountered regarding his absence.
While at SNRC, Isaac became an obvious well-known and well-loved resident. In spite his severe hearing loss, he enjoyed participating in BINGO, Keno, bowling, Dominoes and "Coffee with Friends". The family truly believes some of his best times there included: the Senior Prom, when he was decked out in a tuxedo, top hat and cane; attending the Ladies' Tea, where he was the only male in attendance; the trip to a Blue Crab minor league baseball game; the Hospice We Honor Veterans celebration, where he was the honoree; and visits with family, friends and members from his church. Isaac particularly looked forward to visits with his young friend, Kayliyahna Johnson whom he affectionately called "The Baby". He got great joy from going for rides and listening to the Male Chorus of Brooks United Methodist Church.
Left to bid farewell until we meet again are the children of Isaac and Sara: Carol Johnson, Vashti Peagler (Richard), Iszetta Johnson (Michael), William II (Arvenia), and Denise Saunders; 10 grandchildren; 16 great grandchildren; and son-in-law, Glenn Mason; and 4 brothers-in-law.