OSSIAN — Michael E. Saunders, 56, passed away on April 4, 2018.

He was predeceased by his sister, Mary Saunders Beiermann. He was survived by his children, Christina Saunders (Brad) Hollrock of Lake Placid and Blake Sawdey of Dansville; his granddaughter, Avery Saunders Hollrock; his parents, E. Philip & Carole West Saunders of Ossian; his brother, Philip M. (Cathy) Saunders of Ossian; sister Patty Saunders (Mark) Redding of Victor. Also, numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews, and many dear friends.

Michael graduated from Dansville Central School and proceeded on to Syracuse University where he received his Bachelor’s Degree in Operations Management. He had a 35-year career at Saunders Management, where he was most recently President of Essex Properties. He also served as Secretary of the Saunders Foundation.




Michael loved living nearby his family on the family farm. Michael was an expert trout fisherman. He loved collectible cars, motorcycles, motocross, snowmobiling, and was an excellent chef.



Friends are invited to call on Wednesday, April 11 from 2 - 6:30 PM at the Kevin W. Dougherty Funeral Home, 21 Big Tree St, Routes 15 & 20A Livonia, where funeral services will be on Thursday at 10:30 AM. Private Burial to follow at the Ossian Center Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to the Saunders Foundation, 762 Brooks Ave., Rochester, NY 14619. The funds will be directed toward a special project in Michael’s memory at UR/Noyes Hospital in Dansville, NY. To send condolences or share a memory, please visit: www.doughertyfuneralhomes.com