Bart Raymond Saunders

Bart Raymond Saunders, 59, of Orlando, FL and Ellicottville, NY, passed away peacefully at home on June 3, 2024.

He was born on November 29, 1964, in Ridgewood, NJ, a son to the late Raymond and Mary Jo (Long) Saunders. At the age of five, he moved to Bradford, where he spent his childhood and later graduated from Bradford Area High School in 1982.

Bart pursued higher education at Rollins College in Winter Park, FL earning a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 1986. He was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity where he made many close life-long friends. He went on to obtain his master’s in public administration from the University of Central Florida in 1989. Bart's passion for law led him to attend Barry University, where he graduated with a Juris Doctorate cum laude in 2000. During his time at Barry University, he served as an Executive Editor of the Barry Law Review. He became a member of The Florida Bar and was also a member of the Attorneys Title Fund. Bart had a successful career practicing residential and commercial real estate law, handling business disputes and probate cases. He established his own law office, Saunders & Saunders P.A. and made many close friends during his career.

Bart's love story began when he met his wife, Lisa Saunders (née Mancini), at a luncheon in Orlando. Interestingly, fate brought them together again two months later when they coincidentally dined at the same restaurant. This encounter sparked their relationship, and they were married on November 13, 1993, at the Grand Floridian Resort in Walt Disney World. The location held special significance for both Bart and Lisa, as well as their families. They were married for 30 years and spent many wonderful times together. Together, they had three children: Alexis Grace Saunders, Haley Elizabeth (Kyle) Germain, and Sydney Faith Saunders. Bart adored his daughters and cherished the time spent with "his girls”, as well as his family and friends.

In his leisure time, Bart enjoyed sailing in the Tampa Bay Area in Florida and on Lake Chautauqua in New York. He also had a passion for skiing and took pride in watching his daughters compete in skiing and snowboarding events along the East Coast. Additionally, Bart loved spending time outside and with his dogs, Olaf and Sven. He also had great musical talents and found joy in playing the piano and guitar and enjoyed sharing music with others.

Above all else, Bart's proudest accomplishment in life was the love he had for his family and friends. He was a loving husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend to many. Bart is survived by his wife, three daughters, one brother Robert (the late Duane) Saunders, one sister, Susan Saunders, and nieces and nephews.

Friends will be invited to attend a Celebration of Life to honor Bart's memory at a location and date to be announced. Interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

Local arrangements are under the direction of the Hollenbeck-Cahill Funeral Homes Inc.

In lieu of flowers, expressions of sympathy may be made in any way chosen and are all equally welcome.

Online condolences may be expressed at www.hollenbeckcahill.com

 

HOLLENBECK-CAHILL Funeral Home

33 South Avenue • Bradford, PA 16701

All Condolences -

Lisa,Alexis,Haley,& Sydney No words can peoperly express the loss you all are experiencing. Bart''s presence while here was fun, funny, bubbly,active and always gentlemanly. he will be genuinely missed. May God caress and keep you in his arms as you deal with this void in your heart and your life.
— Fred Fesenmyer

So glad I reconnected over the past couple years with this high school friend. His love of life was only comparable to the love of his family. I can still hear him laugh...... cheers Bart, you truly lived life
— Lauren Melka

Haley and family, There are no words that ease the sadness that you feel. Just want you to know that we care and you’re all in our thoughts and prayers. Jennifer & Judy
— Jennifer Gorrell

Condolences

  • Lisa,Alexis,Haley,& Sydney No words can peoperly express the loss you all are experiencing. Bart''s presence while here was fun, funny, bubbly,active and always gentlemanly. he will be genuinely missed. May God caress and keep you in his arms as you deal with this void in your heart and your life.

    — Fred Fesenmyer
  • So glad I reconnected over the past couple years with this high school friend. His love of life was only comparable to the love of his family. I can still hear him laugh...... cheers Bart, you truly lived life

    — Lauren Melka
  • Haley and family, There are no words that ease the sadness that you feel. Just want you to know that we care and you’re all in our thoughts and prayers. Jennifer & Judy

    — Jennifer Gorrell