Sauer, William L.

Sauer, William L.


Bar Harbor

William (Bill) Sauer, 76, died after a difficult battle with dementia, November 11, 2023.  He was born the son of William and Thelma Sauer.

Bill served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam war.  He held an accounting degree and worked 28 years for GM.

Anyone who knew Bill understood that cars, trucks, and dealerships were part of his DNA.  He was relentlessly meticulous when it came to “crunching numbers”.  He was known for his sense of humor, contagious smile and laughter among his friends and family.  Bill was an avid photographer, self-proclaimed “gym rat”, coffee connoisseur and “news hound”.  Bill also had a great love for animals, especially the feline variety.

Bill is survived by his loving wife, Susan; brother, Stanley DeLaHaye and his wife, Margaret; sisters, Lynne Boulware and her husband, Robert; Janet Hensel and her husband, Robert; aunt, Sue Sauer; and many nieces, nephews, cousins, and dear friends.  He is preceded in death by his father and mother.

A celebration of life will be held at St. Andrew Lutheran Church, 175 Downeast Highway, Ellsworth at a later date.  Interment will be at Great Lakes National Cemetery, Holly, MI.

Gifts in Bill’s memory may be made to the SPCA of Hancock County, 141 Bar Harbor Rd., Trenton, ME 04605.

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  • Kirsten Johnston Posted November 18, 2023 5:15 am

    There are many good family memories that include cousin Bill, especially around Grandma Lilly’s table. We spent hours there visiting. I remember his passion for running then (every day; rain, shine, snow or ice) and he fancied his camaro, which he amazingly offered to let me drive (I was a teenager then). Bill had a BIG and easy laugh, which I always enjoyed. He holds a happy place in many hearts. Sue, you’re in our thoughts and hearts with love.

  • Stanley DeLaHaye Posted November 18, 2023 3:38 pm

    My brother and I were very close from childhood into our adult lives. We shared all our life happenings. He was the life of all our parties and I loved him very much and he will be missed.

  • Heidi Schuitema Posted December 6, 2023 4:35 am

    We had joy, we had fun! Who didn’t feel joyous around Bill?! My sister and I spent some neat time with Bill, as kids, as we would frequently stay for 2-week + stretches where Bill lived for several years. Our father was ill and Bill would take us on adventures. We went cross-country skiing, went out to eat, went shopping, talked for hours around Grandma’s table, spent holidays together, talked about college and we followed him to aerobics. In fact, he and his aerobics got under our skin and we opened an aerobics studio in Big Rapids, Michigan while in college. Big fun…Bill’s fault. :). We had front row seats when Bill met Sue and they became best chums. Very exciting!
    Bill, you stood in a gap for us and it was very special! Thank you for the glow of your smile, ever-resounding laughter, and everything you made a good time out of. You are so missed but surely you are a sunrise in Heaven.

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