SUTHERLAND, Graeme Stuart
April 26, 2021

Graeme Sutherland

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 ( 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,

Gathering at a later date

29 responses

  1. Patricia Sansone

    April 30, 2021 at 11:01 am

    My deepest and sincere condolences to Peter and his family. I am so sorry for your loss.

  2. Alexander Kulczyk

    April 30, 2021 at 11:03 am

    I am sad to hear that your father passed away. Take care Peter, you are loved.

  3. Anne Beamish

    April 30, 2021 at 11:25 am

    I am so sorry for your loss Peter. Please accept my sincerest condolences.

  4. Pascal Ricard

    April 30, 2021 at 11:59 am

    Mes plus sincères condoléances Renate

  5. Noreen Cole

    April 30, 2021 at 12:48 pm

    Our sincere condolences, Graeme will surely be missed.

  6. Peter Marina

    April 30, 2021 at 1:09 pm

    Reading you father’s beautiful obituary, I am sure he will be missed by many. My heart goes out to you and your family at this difficult time.

    May he rest in peace.

  7. Maggie Abony-Levy

    April 30, 2021 at 1:44 pm

    I.m SO SORRY …. my sincerest condolences !

  8. Brian Smeltzer

    April 30, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    My deepest sympathies to Peter, Renate and the entire extended family. May the many happy, cherished memories guide you in this difficult time. Thinking of all of you.

  9. Sachi & Ron Williams

    April 30, 2021 at 1:54 pm

    Heartfelt sympathies to Renate and her family for the loss of such a kind and gentle soul.

  10. Maria Di Paolo

    April 30, 2021 at 2:32 pm

    My deepest condolences to Peter and his family.

  11. Keith Rowsell

    April 30, 2021 at 3:11 pm

    We are sorry for your loss. During this difficult and demanding time, know that we are thinking of Peter, Renate, and your families and keeping you in our prayers.

  12. Eleanor Metcalfe

    April 30, 2021 at 3:13 pm

    I will miss his smile and pleasant attitude to everyone .God Bless your family

  13. Faye and Wayne Hossack

    April 30, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    Our Deepest Condolences and Sympathies to Renate and Family. With Love.

  14. Roma Medwid

    April 30, 2021 at 3:43 pm

    Dear Renate and Peter,
    Please accept my deepest condolences. My prayers are offered at this time that your sorrow is lessened with wonderful memories of your husband/father.
    Roma Medwid

  15. Matt Wilson

    April 30, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Peter, Renate and the entire extended family: We are so sorry for your loss. Our hearts and thoughts go out to you during this difficult time.

  16. Mark Steven Richards

    April 30, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    Peter, my sincere condolences. That is one of the toughest things we have to go through in life. My thoughts are with you and your family in this difficult time. My condolences.

  17. Murray and Carol Horn

    April 30, 2021 at 5:08 pm

    Our deepest sympathies to Renate and the family. Graeme touched our lives with his empathy and belief in the power of one. His kindness and commitment to social justice and the environment were exemplary. His guiding spirit is missed.

  18. Tony Lacroce

    May 1, 2021 at 8:28 am

    Peter, my sincere condolences to you and your family. I had the privilege of serving with him as an administrator.He really had a contagious smile and laughter. He was a good man. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  19. Yves Lambert

    May 1, 2021 at 9:10 am

    Please accept my humble condolences Peter. My thoughts are with you and your family in these difficult times.

  20. Jean Dutton

    May 1, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Heartfelt condolences to you Renate and the Family.

  21. Donald Berry

    May 1, 2021 at 1:13 pm

    Hello Renate Susyn and I are so sorry to hear about Graeme. Our sincere condolences to you and your family. I remember many wonderful conversations with him at your home and other QPARSE events. He will be missed!

  22. Emmanuelle Blander

    May 1, 2021 at 1:16 pm

    My deepest condolences to you Peter and your family.

  23. Phyllis Holtz

    May 1, 2021 at 1:37 pm

    Dear Renate, Ian and Peter, I’m am so sorry about Graeme. It can be so hard, especially when we can’t meet, touch and grieve together. May God bring you hope and joy again in the months and years to come.


    May 1, 2021 at 2:10 pm

    Dear Renate and family,
    My sincere condolences on the loss of your dear husband Graeme.
    My thoughts are with you at this difficult time.
    Daniel Abergel

  25. Beverly Miller

    May 1, 2021 at 2:23 pm

    To the Sutherland family, please accept my deepest condolences. I am sure you have a lot of fond memories of Graeme to help you get through this difficult time.

  26. Mary Clark

    May 2, 2021 at 8:57 am

    My sympathy and prayers to you, Renate and family. Graeme was such a nice gentleman. Memories of him being the Montreal Presbytery advisor as Beaurepaire United and Union worked together to become Merging Waters. Also of several Christmas choirs that I joined in on at Cedar Park United.

  27. Anna Maria Fata-Greco

    May 5, 2021 at 9:07 am

    Peter, there are no words to take away sadness when you lose someone you love.
    You and your family are wished strenght and comfort in each other at this very sad time.
    Your father will always be with you…….in love, in memory, and in how you see the world because of him.
    My thoughts and prayers are with you.
    So sorry for your loss.
    Anna Maria Fata-Greco.

  28. Barend Biesheuvel

    May 5, 2021 at 1:21 pm

    Dear Renate, I sendyou my deepest sympathies. I have fond memories of Graeme, his interest in me, my work, and my building. I wish you strength and God’s comfort.

  29. Ruth Rosenfield

    May 5, 2021 at 3:44 pm

    Dear Peter, my esteemed successor, dear Renate, my cherished Latin teacher, and all the members of your family, please accept my deepest sympathy on the loss of Graeme, whom I remember most clearly as Principal of Herbert Purcell School.. I know this loss is enormous, and I am so sorry. My love goes put to you at this difficult time.


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