When you love local politics the way Bill Saunders did, you take that with you all the way to your grave. That was how he left this world when he passed on earlier this week due to heart failure: talking local politics.
According to a wonderful memorial in the Brooklyn Paper (1) Saunders was a “30 year veteran of the US Postal Service,” and a “Fort Greene Democratic District Leader for more than a decade before losing to Walter Mosley in 2008.” Saunders was still running for things two years ago when he was 89 years old. The really dedicated part was that even after this 89 year old man lost his election, he didn’t quit. He continued “to recruit poll worked, one of the duties of the unpaid obscure political position.”
Saunders only wanted to uplift his local community and give and get respect which was “something he received from everyone who knew him up to the day he closed his eyes.”
There was a time when men like Bill Saunders were the rule and not the exception. A beloved democratic leader, a good man, and a decent person. Bill Saunders didn’t even want a funeral procession following him around. A community memorial will be held sometime in the coming weeks.