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Memorable Manitobans: Thomas “Tom” Saunders (1909-2005)

Cleric, journalist, author.

Born near Dunfermline, Scotland on 21 February 1909, he emigrated to Canada with his family at the age of 11. He graduated in Arts and Theology from United College then served as a minister at Rapid City United Church (?-?), Holland United Church (1939-1943), and Chalmers United Church (?-?) in addition to churches in West Vancouver and St. Norbert. During the Second World War, he served as an army chaplain in Britain and northwest Europe. In 1960, he joined the staff of the Winnipeg Free Press as an editorial writer, becoming literary editor shortly afterwards. His writings included six books of poetry as well as numerous journal articles and contributions to other books. He served as President (1952-53) and Chaplain of the St. Andrew’s Society of Winnipeg, and Chaplain of the Royal Winnipeg Rifles. He died at Winnipeg on 15 January 2005.


“Tom Saunders; a friend and a mentor” by Tom Oleson, Winnipeg Free Press, 17 January 2005, page A10.

Obituary, Winnipeg Free Press, 18 January 2005.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 1 October 2021

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