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Born: Mar 28, 1940

Date of Passing: Jan 15, 2022

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March 28, 1940 - January 15, 2022

It is with sadness that we announce that Grant Saunders passed away, on Saturday, January 15, 2022, at the age of 81.
Grant is survived by Janet (née Rowse), his wife of 54 years; children, Allison (Ross Murray), Marilyn (Iain Kirkpatrick), David, Mark (Lisa Swan); grandchildren, Robbie, Marian, Catriona Kirkpatrick; aunt June Woodward; cousins, Ken (Andrea) Woodward, Brian (Hélène) Woodward, Karen (Martin) Egan, Judy (Dave) Duncan and Ken Mills; and sisters-in-law, Susan Rowse and Mili Rowse.
He was predeceased by his father Clifford Saunders; his mother Helen Saunders (née Woodward); many aunts, uncles and cousins; and his brothers-in-law, Bob and John Rowse.
Born in Winnipeg, on March 28, 1940, Grant completed his BSc, MD and residency in radiology at the University of Manitoba. After furthering his training in gastrointestinal radiology under Dr. Alexander Margulis in San Francisco, he returned to Winnipeg and worked as a diagnostic radiologist until his retirement in 2005. Based principally at St. Boniface Hospital and the Medical Arts Building, he was an Associate Professor of Diagnostic Radiology at the University of Manitoba and a partner and past-president of the Manitoba X-Ray Clinic. He felt fortunate to do meaningful work with dedicated and accomplished colleagues.
Though he and Janet were a year apart at Kelvin High School, it was not until they met again as adults on a Winnipeg Transit bus that they started dating. They were married in 1967 at St. Luke's Anglican Church. They enjoyed beach vacations at Lake Winnipeg and road trips east and west, to visit relatives in Ontario and Alberta, making wonderful memories for their four children. Grant had a lifelong interest in Canadian art. He supported the performing arts in Winnipeg for many years, beginning with a subscription to the theatre centre when he was dating Janet, and later adding season tickets to the symphony, ballet and opera. His children grew up in a home filled with art, music and books.
Janet remembers Grant as a loving and loyal husband, an honourable son to his parents, a kind son-in-law to her mother in her long widowhood, and a selfless father and grandfather. He was thoughtful and meticulous in all he did, always devoting his best to family, work, and any task he undertook. His children's interests were his interests, and he encouraged his children in their studies and careers. His retirement coincided with the arrival of his first grandchild, and he dedicated his time to all of them, reading them the very same stories he had read his own children decades earlier.
The family is grateful to the staff at CancerCare, community palliative services and Riverview Health Centre.
Due to pandemic restrictions, a graveside service for family has taken place at Chapel Lawn cemetery, officiated by The Rev. Paul Lampman, Rector of St. Luke's Anglican Church.
Anyone wishing to donate in Grant's name may do so to St. Luke's Anglican Church, 130 Nassau St. N., Winnipeg, MB R3L 2H1.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Jan 22, 2022

Condolences & Memories (6 entries)

  • Sincere condolences to all the family on Grant's passing. Grant was a member of our medical class and also a member of our clinical group, an eight member group which hung together throughout the entire medical curriculum. Grant was rather quiet but hard working and very diligent in all he did. He and I had a visit and very meaningful conversation during the last reunion which our class had in Winnipeg. I'm sure you all are proud of this wonderful man who has left you with the example of a life well lived and a host of treasured memories. Sincerely, Len Rivers - Posted by: Len Rivers (Medical Classmate Class of 1967) on: Jan 28, 2022

  • Sending my deepest condolences to all of Grant’s family. It was a privilege to be his colleague.I will always remember his work ethic, kindness and good heart. May his memory be eternal. Milton Lautatzis - Posted by: Milton Lautatzis (Colleague ) on: Jan 23, 2022

  • Dear Janet / so very sorry to read that Grant has died . He was a wonderful person. With love / Val - Posted by: Val reed (Old classmate ) on: Jan 23, 2022

  • I stood up for Grant at his wedding. I have wonderful memories of both Grant and Janet from those days. Unfortunately our paths have not crossed often enough since then. Janet, I am so sorry Grant has passed on. Take good care, Sincerely, Barry. - Posted by: Barry Garbutt (old friend) on: Jan 22, 2022

  • Deepest condolences to all of Dr. Saunders' family. I have fond memories and great respect for this man, whose loss has created a large void. Thank you for your wisdom, education and friendship through the years. - Posted by: Jan Allary (Former co-worker) on: Jan 22, 2022

  • Rest In Peace Grant, you left us too early. May your memory be a blessing to all. - Posted by: Ken Woodward (Cousin) on: Jan 22, 2022

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