In memory of those who have Crossed the Bar


Lionel Edward Saunders


Coder, V79928, RCNVR


Born: 21 Jan 1926


Died: 04 Aug 2019, Smiths Falls, Ontario


Served in the RCNVR 15 Apr 1944 - 11 Sep 1945


SAUNDERS, Lionel Edward - peacefully on Sunday, August 4, 2019 surrounded by family at the Smiths Falls Campus, Perth & Smiths Falls District Community Hospital. He was in his 94th year, a proud veteran of WWII and long-time member of Branch 95 of the Royal Canadian Legion.


Lionel is survived by his daughter Jean (Michel) and son Douglas (Michael). He Is predeceased by his loving wife and best friend of 68 years Grace Evelyn Saunders (nee Beckwith) and two children, Susan (1968) and Bryan (1998).


"Poppa" is deeply missed by his grand-daughters Diane (Jim) and Joanne, great-grandchildren Amanda, Ashley (Justin), Stephanie, Robert, Roxanne and Brayden and great-great-grandchildren Amison and Vera Lea. The son of the late Frederick Clayton Saunders and the late Elizabeth Evelyn Saunders (nee Edwards) he is also predeceased by siblings Berniece, Erma, Joan and Ross. Lionel will also be missed by a very large extended family, neighbours and many friends.


Mr. Saunders is resting at the Lannin Funeral Home on Main Street East in Smiths Falls, Ontario. Visitation is on Thursday, August 8, 2019 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, 7:00 to 9:00 pm and Friday, August 9, 2019 from 9:00 to 10:00 am. Funeral at the Anglican Church of St John the Evangelist, George Street, Smiths Falls, Ontario at 11:00 am. Interment to follow at Hillcrest Cemetery.


Reception to follow at the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95, Main Street, Smiths Falls, Ontario.


In lieu of flowers, donations to the Heart and Stroke Foundation or The Royal Canadian Legion Branch 95, Smiths Falls, Ontario.


Ships served in:


HMCS CATARAQUI - Demobilized 11 Sep 1945






(LS01) Portrait of Coder Lionel Saunders

(LS02) Page from the "Frost and Wood Company" newsletter with an entry on Lionel Saunders

(LS03) Lionel Saunders, Remembrance day 2014

(LS04) Public Recognition Certificate for Coder Lionel Saunders from the town of Smiths Falls, Ontario






(LS05) Certificate of Discharge from the Canadian Army 18 Mar 1942.  Lionel lied about his age and enlisted in the Lanark & Renfrew Scottish Regiment of Canada.  They discharged him once they discovered his true age. He then enlisted in the RCNVR after coming of age.

(LS06) Bible given to Lionel by his grandmother and two aunts while he was serving in the Army

(LS07) Lionel's Certificate of Discharge from the RCNVR

(LS08) Authorization to wear the War Service Badge


(LS09) Trade course photo - believed to be at HMCS STADACONA




(LS11) Memorial stone in the memorial walk in Victoria Park in Smiths Falls place by Branch 95 Royal Canadian Legion



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