David Saunders  November 20 1951  March 30 2020 (age 68)

David Saunders November 20 1951 March 30 2020 (age 68)

November 20 1951 March 30 2020 (age 68)
Obituary David R. Saunders, 68, of New York City, died on March 30, 2020 at Mount Sinai West Hospital in New York of COVID-19 and pneumonia. Born in Munich, Germany, and was the son of the late 1st Lieutenant Edmund L and Helen (Turner) Saunders. David was a graduate of Newton Central High School and attended Columbia University in New York. From 1976 to 1979 he worked for the Harvard University International Office in Cambridge. He received his law degree from the University of Virginia and practiced law in New York City until his retirement. David is survived by his siblings, Debra Giesseman and her husband Alan, of Piqua, Ohio; Jeffrey Saunders and his wife, Joan of Fairfield, Ohio; Gregory Saunders of Arlington Heights, Illinois; Mark Saunders and his wife Jenny of Westerville, Ohio; and his step-mother, Wilma Saunders, Piqua Ohio; his nieces and nephews, Peter, Gabrielle, and Charles Saunders of Arlington Heights, Illinois; Graham and Nathaniel Saunders of Westerville, Ohio; Kristen Sweeney and her husband Shane of Jacksonville, North Carolina; his cousins, Michael Turner and his wife Marilyn of Denver, Colorado; James Turner of New Hampshire and Joe Turner of London. David was predeceased by his brother, Alan Saunders. All services are private due to the COVID-19 virus. His final resting place will be in Southborough Rural Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be sent in David’s memory to giving.mountsinai.org/. The family is being aided by Morris Funeral Home 40 Main Street, Southborough Massachusetts. To leave words of condolence to the family, please visit www.morrisSouthboroughfuneral.com. To plant a tree in memory of David Saunders, please visit our tribute store.

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death notice David Saunders November 20 1951 March 30 2020 (age 68)

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32 Comments

  1. Shocked, sad, upset, angry about this nasty virus. David was my first teacher in GO, the eldest board game in the world. He teached on KGS (an online Go game platform in USA). I got to know him in January 2014. His “shape” lectures were legendary for the real Go beginners (DDK – Double Digit Kyu). I had different times personal contact with him … and we had a special bond, as I was born in Germany/Bavaraia, too. Still I have an audio recording about his fantastic training wheel “Three Alive” for GO. David was a friendly, funny guy, always with the honest intention to support the Go community and the beginners. He was a smart guy, a real teacher in the best sense … as former lawyer (so far I remember mainly in the aviation industries) he was always “sharp” and precise. Hope you are in a better place now, my beloved friend and you can sit around the Go board with the great Senseis fiddling about Go strategies. R.I.P. – My heartfully condolences go to his family, relatives and friends.

  2. David was a true supporter, teacher and devotee of Go. A colorful character in the New York Go scene for decades. We will miss him. A sad loss.

    If there’s a Go board where David’s gone, he’ll find it. Like so many, taken too early.

  3. David was known far and wide in the Go world, his help and influence will be sorely missed.

  4. David war ein wunderbarer Kollege und Admin auf unserem Go-Server. Seine klare Sicht auf die Dinge hat uns oft geholfen und weiter gebracht.
    Ruhe in Frieden David.

  5. My interactions with Mr. Saunders were online, fleeting, and dates back a few years, but despite that his kindness and positivity still left a vivid image in my memory. Rest in Peace.

  6. David was a friend through the KGS Go community. He was lively and funny and fair minded. He was willing to take a stand when he felt his values were being trammeled but he was a kind and accepting person even then. He gave much to the Go world through his teaching. He had other passions as well, painting and bird watching were two that we shared and would chat about. I am sorry to hear of his passing.

  7. David was a wonderful go teacher and I consider myself lucky to have played and talked quite a lot with him over almost a décade. He is already greatly missed. My condoléances to all who knew and loved him.

  8. My condolences to David’s family and friends. I just knew him from online go and he is one of those people you remember after interacting with him. Whenever I logged in, the first thing I would check was whether he was online and what he was up to. He was a generous and patient teacher. I learnt a lot from his famous shape lecture on KGS. My last online interaction with him included a long discussion about an owl hunting in my garden. He loved owls. Thank you dsaun. @~~~}~~~~~

  9. I knew him only through online go but we got pretty close. His go lessons packed in the crowds like no other. It was important to him to keep his go lessons open and free. I loved and respected him as a true friend.

  10. Like so many others, I only knew him online via KGS. He was the most kind and understanding teacher I’ve ever met. To his family, I’m so sorry for your loss.

  11. We just have heard that dsaun has left. We are very sad about -just a last teaching game, or some wise words. dsaun you have enriched our soulds with stories about life. thank you so much. We’ll keep you in our hearts and hope you have arrived in the go heaven. With a lot of respect we say good bye. ps: in the next life we’ll have a macarony and cheese together. luhe & fanky

  12. I was one of many lucky enough to call David a friend on KGS. He was a warm and generous person, always striving to help others learn and improve at Go. He will be remembered by many, and his memory will live on in the hearts and minds of all of us who shared the goban with him.

  13. I have known David for over ten years. He was a dear friend and fellow baduk player. I will remember him for all the times that we would just chat about life in general and his joyous attitude. He was always willing to share what experiences he had with others, whether it was life or go related which was always appreciated. David was a good example for what I truly liked about the go community and that was just the type of people that it draws. He is an irreplaceable part of the game to me. Wits and humor that he would bring to the conversations around the goban will be dearly missed. His kindness and charming personality will be remembered for the rest of my days.

    • We have lost a generous and kind soul. I met dsaun (his KGS go server handle, represented graphically by a picture of a pedagogical owl no less) as I was struggling to learn the secrets of Go. He was everything a teacher should be, most especially patient and empathetic. I admired how he deflected the genius dans who’d interrupt his lectures trying to steal the stage (the audiences of students were typically large), always sincere, never angry. Some would finally get the point…It wasn’t how much he knew, rather more how much he was willing to give away, and for free.
      Getting an idea across to beginners and DDK’s (double-digit kyus, or low ranked players) was of the utmost importance. I have only just today watched the first hour of his three hour lecture on Go shapes, quite illuminating. A respite, as though he has not yet left the lecture hall. My sincere condolences to his family, friends and countless students. He will be remembered.

      Mike, a student of Go

  14. I am grateful for knowing David. I will remember him as a curious and kind mind who was eager to help strangers both online and in person. My sympathies to his family.

  15. I will miss my mentor =:( who died a week after my birthday. I have learned a lot from David over the years, but had wished to have met him before he passed on. I wish we could have played just one more game together. I have never forgotten my favorite armature player. My condolences to any family left.

    ~ The forever 10Kyu Player – One Play Go
    I feel he’s returned to the gods of go, and is playing against all our long lost rivals of the past right now. I hope he met Hon’ibo Torajiro Shusaku. And that he’s doing well in his go games to come.

    P.S. to his family. If you have the address to his grave I would love to visit him. He will be very missed both in life and online.

  16. Rest well, David.
    You will be missed and remembered for your heartful contributions to make other peoples life better. Thank you very much.

  17. Rest in peace Dsaun your memory lives on in those who’s lives you have touched both inside and out of the Go community

  18. David also teached me go, like many others.
    He was always humble about his skill and while he wasnt a strongest player he was one of the best teachers for begginers. He did it for free and out of pure love of the game and desire to share it. When i came back to the KGS a couple of months ago first person i looked for was him, yet i never checked his profile untill now.
    And when i found out about it i couldnt hold tears. David was truly a wonderful soul and i learned not only go from him but also an attitude one should hold to be a great teacher.

  19. I am gonna miss Dsaun alot. Just got to this sad news as I myself have not been playing go actively for sometime. But I clearly remember during the peak time when I was the most passionate about go, I got to know dsaun, or David (first time knowing as well). He had a very pleasant and patient voice and was a very good go teacher for many go starters to follow. We became kgs buddies and I often went to watch some of his lectures just for fun and tried to give as much help as he was to many others. In this way, he was my role model for helping others. To me he always seemed to be the forever standing stone in KGS teaching room. That is why I looked for his news for not seeing him active for so long. Again, very sad to know this news, he is the first person I know to have died of this terrible desease. I wish I had spent more time with him earlier. We always had a good friendship. RIP, my friend Dsaun. from Z.

  20. Dsaun was a wonderful Go teacher and he will be missed terribly…
    I was lucky enough to have met him when traveling to NYC a few years back, he was just as sweet IRL than he was online.
    Rest in peace dear Dsaun, I feel very sorry we couldn’t play more often after I moved to the other side of the world…

  21. Dear David:

    Through the game with ” LinuxGooo” through KGS today February 27, I have found that he advised that we might give condolescence for David.
    He also mentioned that he had learned Go through David several years ago.

    May David be rested in peace.

    Masao Morishita, Tokyo Japan 森下眞夫 東京

  22. I knew David from the KGS Go Server where he taught free lessons and I was lucky enough to meet him when I visited NYC in 2013 and play go at Fat Cat (now Cellar Dog) in the West Village.

    I later moved there in 2015 and from time to time would think about sending a message asking to meet up again for another game but life got too busy. Come 2021, I met someone who knew him and I was saddened to hear of his passing, more so than I realised, and the gravity of the pandemic hit me. I regret never sending that message. Life passes by quickly, don’t take anything for granted

    RIP dsaun

  23. Met Dsaun on the KGS teaching ladder he was an awesome teacher. So many great shape lessons! Sending prayers to his family may he rest in peace.



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