Herbert Henry "Hank" Saunders III, 80, died at his home in Stoughton on Wednesday Evening, February 3, 2021. He was the beloved husband of 20 years of Linda B. (Weiner) Saunders. Born in Boston, he was raised in Dorchester and New Jersey and was a Dorchester High School graduate. Upon his graduation, he quickly enlisted in the US Navy and enjoyed a long career serving. He proudly served for over 20 years. As a Navy Food Management team member, Hank was responsible for quality control, continuous improvement, and training on all submarines and aircraft carriers east of the Mississippi, including Puerto Rico and Cuba. He also completed numerous deterrent patrols on several subs, including the USS Grampus (SS-207), the USS George Washington (SSBN-598), and on his favorite submarine, the USS Dogfish (SS-350). Hank earned the rank of Sr. Chief Petty Officer. For many years, he enjoyed attending and hosting reunions with his fellow submarine mates. In 1978 he received an Honorable Discharge and came home to the Boston area. Hank enjoyed a long career in the food services industry as Director of Food Services at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston and St. John of God in Brighton, MA. He retired in 1997.
Hank was an automobile enthusiast and a longtime Corvette owner, and a member of Massachusetts's Corvette Club. He enjoyed working on cars and was currently rebuilding a 1967 Le Mans. He also enjoyed riding motorcycles, owned a Harley Davidson, and was also a Harley Owners Group member. Hank was a member of the Sub Veterans of America and was the Past Commander, and awarded the 2008 Shovel Award. He was a member of the VFW in Randolph and was the 1991-1992 Man of the Year. Hank was also a member of the Masonic Lodge in Braintree. Along with his wife, they enjoyed extensive travel, but their favorites were to Israel and Provincetown, MA, and they enjoyed their St. Maarten timeshare for many years. They also rescued Great Danes.
In addition to his wife Linda, he is survived by his children, Gary A. Brodsky and his wife Stephanie of Sharon and Jayna B. Best and her husband Gary of Taunton. He was the loving grandfather of Ezra Brodsky, Hannah Brodsky, Dylan Best, and Joy Best.
Due to Covid Restrictions, Private family services will be held with burial at the Massachusetts National Cemetery, Bourne. In Hank's memory, please make donations to the Great Dane Rescue of New England, POB 100083, Cranston, RI 02910, or Wounded Warrior Foundation, POB 758516 Topeka, KS 66675.