Michael Joseph Saunders

December 3, 1941November 29, 2019

Michael J. Saunders 77, a lifelong resident of Keene, NH, and a friend to many within our community, will be greatly missed with his passing on Friday, November 29, 2019 at the Keene Center Genesis, Court Street, Keene.

His parents, John and Vida (Walsh) Saunders, welcomed their son into the world on December 3, 1941 in Keene, NH. Michael was a 1959 graduate of Keene High School where he was a member of the football team, a team that was the undefeated State Champions in 1958, and a sport he truly loved playing.

On November 23, 1960, Michael enlisted in the United States Army serving as a medical corpsman for three years. He transferred to the Army Reserves where he continued to serve as a medical corpsman until his honorable discharge on October 31, 1966.

Michael attended Boston College. He received an accounting certificate and held various accounting responsibilities in area businesses including the family business, "Tat Saunders". Michael also served in the NH State Legislature from 1973-1974.

Michael’s true love in his life was his job at Timoleons Restaurant in Keene. The many friendships that he made over the many years there, as well as the newfound family he had with the staff, made for a truly fulfilling life for Michael. He also had his church family as a lifelong parishioner of St. Bernard Church in Keene.

He was an avid sports fan, especially for his favorite teams, the Red Sox, Patriots, and his Notre Dame Fighting Irish. He was a trivia expert and a history buff with a great sense of humor. Michael had a love of food, especially holiday meals and the many "Timoleon Specials".

In addition to his many friends, Michael will be greatly missed by his niece and goddaughter, Shaun Huntley Costello and her husband, Brendan of Bedford, MA; his niece, Devon Huntley McDonald and her husband, Bill, and his grandnephew, Liam McDonald, all of Petaluma, CA. A sister, Catharine Saunders Huntley predeceased him on May 11, 2006.

A mass of Christian burial will be celebrated on Friday, December 6, 2019 at 11:00am in St. Bernard Church, 185 Main Street, Keene. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Joseph Cemetery, Main Street, Keene. Family and friends are invited to call on Thursday from 4:00 to 6:00pm at the Foley Funeral Home, 49 Court Street, Keene.

In lieu of flowers, for those who wish, donations may be made in Mr. Saunders’ memory to St. Vincent dePaul Society, c/o Parish of the Holy Spirit, 161 Main Street, Keene, NH 03431.


  • Shaun Huntley Costell and husband, Brendan, Niece and Goddaughter
  • Devon Huntley McDonald and husband, Brendan, Niece
  • LIam McDonald, Grandnephew
  • Catharine Saunders, Sister (deceased)
  • Vida (Walsh) Saunders, Mother (deceased)
  • John Saunders, Father (deceased)

  • St. Vincent dePaul Society


5 December


4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Foley Funeral Home

49 Court Street
Keene, New Hampshire

6 December

A Mass of Christian Burial

11:00 am

St. Bernard Church

183 Main Street
Keene, New Hampshire


  • Burial with Committal Prayers and Military Honors Following Mass


Michael Joseph Saunders

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Katherine Simon

December 5, 2019

Keene has lost a good and kind soul. I join everyone else in this sad time.

Man, I loved his ties! So much fun...

Jean Kenney

December 5, 2019

My husband, Uncle Sam Rounseville and I met Mike at Timoleons a long time ago. We couldn't be called his regulars because we live outside of Boston but always looked forward to seeing him there. Since I had grown up in the Keene area Timoleon's was our place to go. Mike was always upbeat, super nice and smart, what a great human being. Great loss for his family and the family of Timoleon's.
Our sincere condolences.
Jean Kenney

Frank Foley

December 2, 2019

I am sad to lose a dear friend. Mike was an amazing, funny, perceptive, humble, independent, occasionally stubborn, family oriented, very Irish, and steeped in his faith. We go back a long way when I used to meet Mike and his dad at Bullard and Shedd for coffee weekday mornings. He and his family will always be in my head and my heart. Mike's passing is the end of an era. I am richer and better for having known him.