William Lawrence Sauder, philanthropist and businessman and well-know member of St. Mary's Kerrisdale, died in Vancouver on December 19 following a heart attack a few days earlier. He was 81.

At Diocesan Council last month Bishop Michael Ingham extended condolences to his family and called Sauder "a wonderful human being and leader in our province and city...who was quite generous to our Church in every possible way in terms of time, talent, and financial gifts.”

Sauder founded International Forest Products and Sauder Industries, which both became large companies. He gave money to many causes as well as to the Church, including a large donation to the University of BC's business school. It was renamed the Sauder School of Business in his honor. He also had served as UBC's chancellor.

Sauder, his wife Marjorie-Anne, and eight children have been long-time members of St. Mary's. For a time when the family lived on the University Endowment Lands he belonged to St. Anselm's near UBC where he served as warden and lay reader.

Besides his wife of 58 years and children, he left 24 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren, and six nieces and nephews. A memorial service was held at St. Mary's on January 14, the Rev. Kevin Dixon presiding.