Daniel R. Saunders, age 80

of Plymouth

Daniel R. Saunders, age 80

Daniel R. Saunders, age 80, of Plymouth, died peacefully, Sunday, January 24, 2021 at Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital—Plymouth.

Dan was born in Quincy, to the late Hester C. (Harkins) and John T. Saunders, D.M.D. He was raised and educated in Quincy, where he spent much of his life. Dan lived in Plymouth for the past year, previously in Braintree for six years.

Dan worked for Meals on Wheels preparing and delivering food for many years. He was a devoted and lifelong member of Saint John the Baptist Parish in Quincy and enjoyed his many roles within the church community for over forty years. Dan was the family historian, often taking pictures and creating photo albums to share at family gatherings.

Beloved brother of J. Thomas Saunders and his wife Pauline of Florida, Anne M. Fitzgerald of Quincy and her late husband Jim, Robert H. Saunders and his wife Maureen of Marshfield, and the late Eileen H. Buckley and her husband Joseph.

Family was important to Dan, who was also survived by nineteen nieces and nephews; forty grand-nieces and grandnephews; and one great-great niece.

At the request of the family, funeral services are private.

For those who wish, donations in Dan’s memory may be made to Saint John the Baptist Church, c/o 556 Washington Street, Quincy, MA 02169.


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  • Our condolences to the Saunders Family. We met Dan when we bought your family home 32 years ago. We saw him often at St. John’s and would talk about the changes in the neighborhood — homes bought and sold, neighbors coming and going. He often had news scoops before we did. And we’d sigh shake our heads when an old tree had to be cut down.
    May he rest in peace.

  • To Dan’s family.

    My deepest condolences on your loss. As a city councilor in Quincy for 14 years Dan was a fixture at many civic events and community meetings. I considered him a friend and supporter. He was a good man with always a kind word. Despite moving to Braintree he often told me he wished to get back to Quincy – clearly where his heart was. We will miss him for sure.

    Doug Gutro