Peter P. Saunders

April 25, 1934February 10, 2019

Peter Paul Saunders was born on April 25, 1934 in Norwood, MA to Katherine (Foss) and Paul Saunders. Graduated from Norwood High in 1952 and Northeastern University in 1957. He worked as an engineer in Baltimore, MD first for the Martin Company then for AT&T. In 1967, he purchased the Sterling Manufacturing Co. in Mansfield, MA and moved his family there and served as a selectman and on the board of directors for BayBank in that town. In 1988, he moved to Chatham, MA, married Linda and decided to return to university to earn a MFA from Goddard College and then a PhD in Narrative Gerontology from Union Institute and University. Writing and teaching poetry to older students to keep his and their cognitive abilities intact became his ultimate passion. He taught at the Academy for Lifelong Learning at Cape Cod Community College, the Eldredge Public Library in Chatham and the Snow Library in Orleans. He was the author of 12 books of poetry; the latest “Clinging to the Mountain” was published in 2018. He served as a Trustee for the Eldredge Library and on the board of the Monomoy Theatre in Chatham. He leaves his wife Linda, brother Richard ( Polly) Saunders, daughters Lois ( Doug) Kapplain, Loraine ( Steven) Scampini, his step-children Patrick ( Dawn) Boyle, Gretchen ( Rick) Dupee, brother in law Larry ( Iris) Perkoski, grandchildren, Peter, Michael, Sarah, Stephanie, Kimberly, Jake, Savanah, Dylan and Chance, His great- grandchildren Logan, Lucy, Henry and Max. He also leaves several cousins and nieces and nephews. The family is deeply appreciative to all who visited, called, sent cards and notes and kept us in their thoughts and prayers. Peter requested that there would be no service in his honor. He hoped all who cared for him will indulge in reading poetry and commit random acts of kindness. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Cape Cod VNA Hospice, St. Christopher’s Food Pantry. For online condolences, please visit .


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Maris Childs

February 17, 2019

Dear Linda,
I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Peter will be greatly missed, especially by those he gently mentored and all he inspired with his poetry.
My love and sympathy to you and all the Saunders family.
Maris Childs

richard saunders

February 14, 2019

“Lives of great men all remind us, we can make our lives sublime, and, departing, leave behind us, footprints on the sands of time.” Longfellow

Pete, you've acknowledged Longfellow in your life's example and printed words. The jewish phrase Tikkun Olam loosely, "repair the world" are apt. You have left this world a better place, Dear Brother.

John Poignand

February 12, 2019

I am saddened by the loss of my dear friend Peter, as I know you are. He said he'd been blessed by his marriage to you, finding great joy and comfort with you as his partner. For me he was an inspiration, always encouraging, always interested, never criticizing.

It will be difficult to fill the gap his friendship leaves, but I know that in attempting to continue some of the things Peter started he will look down from among the many poet peers who have gone before, with a sparkle of joy. I thank hiim for his inspirations and mostly for am irreplaceable friendship

Rick Porter

February 12, 2019

Linda, I am so sorry for your loss.I was always left feeling better about the day ahead after seeing and talking to you and Peter.He would share parts of himself through his work and kept a positive outlook on the future.Seeing the both of you through the years,first at the post office,then at the gym,was a too brief part of my day that I enjoyed.My prayers go to you and your family during this trying time.God Bless

David Silbert

February 11, 2019


So sorry to hear about Peter. Jennifer the kids and I have so enjoyed being your neighbors in Chatham for the past 15 years. It's so rare that we have been able to form such a wonderful connection with a neighbor. When I talked with Peter over the years I always learned something new about him. He was so multifaceted and interesting.

Thanks to both you and Peter for letting us be a part of your lives together.

David and Jennifer