Tony Saunders RIP
Anthony Stewart Saunders ‘Tony’
1st March 1939 – 18th February 2021
Tony was born in Bedford, and educated at Bedford School. In his youth a fine sportsman, he swam for the school, was captain of fencing and a keen canoeist, with very real aspirations of competing in the Olympic Games and representing the United Kingdom in canoeing. He was called up for national service which interrupted his aspirations in this direction. Nevertheless he entered wholeheartedly into army life and was selected to represent his battalion in swimming contests. His other sporting interests included water skiing, sailing and diving and he was elected Commodore of Stewartby Watersports Club. He worked as a Sales Manager.
He was an absolute gentleman with a fine mind and always willing and happy to help. Outside his working and sporting life he was a man with a wealth of many diverse interests into which he immersed himself. He had a great interest in antiques generally, a collection of many thousands of books and collections of clocks and watches, together with a multitude of other collections. In his later life he found yet another interest, specialist cars and owned a Lomax, essentially a Citroen ‘Special’ and made many friends in the Citroen Special Motor Club.
Tony learned of the Milton Keynes Branch of the BHI, which was formed in October 1986 and joined early in the following year. He was elected as Chairman in 1996 and held this position for three years. He was a great asset to the branch, introducing numerous friends with similar interests and could always be relied on to both help with branch matters and also provide items of interest for branch exhibitions. He regularly attended the branch monthly meetings until the current pandemic required us to stop meeting.
In his later life Tony met Jean, his second wife at the University of the Third Age in Bedford, and they were married late last year. They shared many interests and in the relatively short time they were together enjoyed holidays with Jean’s family in Australia. Jean feels so lucky to have met Tony and has lots of wonderful memories that she will treasure and which will give her comfort as she looks back upon them during the years to come.
He will be much missed by all his family and friends and by one and all at the branch meetings when we can again convene them and which will just not be quite the same without Tony