Robert Michael Saunders


Obituaries | The Tube City Almanac | February 02, 2020

Robert Michael Saunders, 67, died January 29, 2020 at home in McKeesport, Pa. Known affectionately as “Banjo,” he was born December 23, 1952 in Homestead, Pa.

He was the son of Taft Saunders and Elizabeth Krista and  the third of five children. He was educated in the Homestead Public School System. As a young adult, Banjo would go on to work side jobs such as roofing and other small hands-on jobs. He also enjoyed acting. On April 2, 2002, Banjo married Mathilda Jones of Homestead.

Along with his brother Richard (Rick), he was seen in the movie “Dawn of the Dead,” where he would play a major role as a zombie.

A drummer who loved heavy metal rock, Banjo and his brother Rick joined several bands and performed at many shows and local venues, and was a devoted fan of pro wrestling.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Elizabeth and Taft Saunders and brother Richard Saunders.

Robert leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Mathilda Jones; siblings Mary Wiggins, Theresa Krista and Veronica Peterson; children Beverly Martin and Robert Saunders; stepchildren Michael Jones, Dominique Jones, Daniel Jones and Eric Jones; god-daughters Ramona Krista and Tasha Peterson; nine grandchildren along with 12 nieces and nephews, 27 great-nieces and nephews and 25 great-great-nieces and nephews; beloved friend Edwin Ramseur; and many relatives and friends.

4 to 7 p.m. Feb. 4, 2020
Tunie Funeral Home, Inc.
218 E. 11th Ave.
Homestead, PA, 15120

7 p.m. Feb. 4, 2020
Tunie Funeral Home, Inc.
218 E. 11th Ave.
Homestead, PA, 15120

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Originally published February 02, 2020.

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