January 19, 1940 – April 26, 2021
It is with deep sadness, but with gratitude for a life well-lived, that we announce the sudden passing of Graeme Sutherland who passed away peacefully on April 26th, surrounded by the love of his family and friends. Loving husband to his wife of 49 years, Renate (née Bidner), father to his cherished sons Ian (Meghan) and Peter (Pasquale), and special grandad to Lauren whom he adored, caring brother to Emeline (John), dear brother-in-law to Astrid (Jim) and Dieter (Betty), and esteemed uncle to Jamie, Peggy, Tim, Chris and Christian.
Born in Shawinigan, QC, to parents Margaret MacDonald and Hugh Sutherland, formerly of Amherst, Nova Scotia, Graeme was raised in Montreal West, where he developed life-long friendships. A graduate of Queen’s University and MacDonald College, he spent 32 years as a high school math teacher and school administrator for the former Protestant School Board of Greater Montreal (now EMSB). In retirement Graeme enjoyed serving as a director of the former Robinson Residence for Retired Teachers, singing in his church choir and with the Cantabile Chorale, and travelling the world with Renate (and occasionally with his sons). He was an active, contributing member of his church community at Cedar Park United – a community in which he found great joy and nurtured many friendships. A teacher, a mentor, a man of deep faith, an amazing storyteller and puzzle-solver, and a great family man, friend and wonderful neighbour. Thoughtful and patient, Graeme was also a terrific listener, and always showed tremendous respect, empathy and kindness. An avid reader and a lifelong learner he was curious about everything and took a keen and sincere interest in the lives of all those around him. All who knew him will remember his smile, terrific sense of humour and his contagious laugh. He will be dearly missed and will be forever in our hearts and thoughts.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to Dr. Badawy and the ICU medical team at the Montreal Neurological Institute for the compassionate care he received in his final days.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Graeme’s memory can be made to Cedar Park United Church in Pointe-Claire (cedarparkunited.org) or to a charity of your choice.
A Celebration of Graeme’s Life will be held at Cedar Park United Church at a later date, when we can all gather together.
Funeral arrangements entrusted to Voluntas (514-695-7979, voluntas.ca)