Minister at the Queensland Synod’s most southern congregation Banora Point Rev Robert Eric Saunders died tragically just days before his retirement in November.
Born in South Australia in 1943 and brought up in the Methodist Church Rob trained to be a primary school teacher before entering the ministry.
He was an effective minister who knew how to grow congregations and put in place workable administrative systems.
Fellow student in Bible College of South Australia Rev Don McKay said his family and congregation will feel his loss greatly.
“His forte was teaching and he was a widely read theologian of some depth,” Mr McKay said.
“I remember Rob for his quirky sense of humour, his wisdom, his brilliance as a musician with a wide appreciation and understanding of music.
“While the Uniting Church has lost a godly leader, heaven has gained a new citizen.”