Passed away on 4 March , 2019
Allan Sutherland passed away at the Lake of the Woods District Hospital on Monday, March 4th 2019, one day after his 78th birthday.
Allan was born in Kenora on March 3rd, 1941 to Lil and John Sutherland. He leaves to mourn his passing his daughter Hayley (Randy) and their children Hilary and Matthew; son Michael and his children Lyndsey (and daughter Isabella) and Jordan (partner Brittney, daughters Addison and Scotlynn); Allan’s sister Isabella Stewart (Graham), nieces Sandra, Heather and Rhonda and their families. His four legged companions Taz and Sprite will also miss him terribly.
Allan lived in Kenora his entire life. He started working for the Department of Highways (now Ministry of Transportation) as a teenager and retired from there at age 52 after more than 30 years of dedicated service. He was a jack of all trades and could fix just about anything. People were always bringing him lawn mowers, weed eaters, chainsaws etc. to fix and he always seemed to be able to bring them back to life. He was a classic car fanatic and had many beautiful old vehicles over the years including a red 1956 Thunderbird, many different 1966 Mustangs, a corvette, and an extremely rare 1978 Cadillac Opera Coupe. He belonged to the Kenora Classic Car Club for many years and loved meeting with other car buffs at A&W to show off their cars, socialize and then go for a cruise. He was involved for many years in organizing the Classic Car show during Harbourfest.
Allan loved to travel and went on many vacations with his daughter and her family including road trips to the East and West coast of Canada, several cruises to the Caribbean, Panama Canal and Hawaii, and a trip to Disney World. His favourite cruise was one he took to Alaska with his daughter, his sister and brother-in-law followed by a train ride on the Rocky Mountaineer. He loved animals and took in many rescue pets over the years.
The family would like to extend their gratitude to the doctors and nurses of the ICU and 3rd East for their wonderful care of Allan during his last days.
At Allan’s request there will be no service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to It’s a Dog’s Life or the Cat Shelter.
Online condolences may be made at www.brownfuneralhomekenora.com
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8 March 2019
I am sure Al touched allot of lives. We had many conversations about life and things especially at the wood pile. He was always there to listen or would always lend a hand. He was probably one of the least selfish people I have ever known. I thank him for his insights into life. May he Rest In Peace.
7 March 2019
Hayley (Randy, Charlie and Matt) - Please accept my sincerest condolences on the passing of your Dad. I have great memories of the old neighbourhood - which of course included your parents. They pretty much single-handedly corralled all of us kids into rag-tag sports teams. It was always Al who ferried the entire team to our games - in the back of his truck. Ever thoughtful, he would put a cap on his truck in the winter so we weren't frozen before we got to the outdoor rinks across town. Even though we all moved through those times Al and I always maintained our friendship. He always had time for a visit and in the gentlest way provided practical and sage advice. Through the years we had many discussions about his classic car collection - acquisitions and sales. But from beginning to end I believe he was always a "Mustang Man". Without a doubt he was a "class act" and shall be dearly missed. I will remember him with the greatest affection.
6 March 2019
Hayley & Michael, we have very fond memories of your family . The Green kids would often ask to have Allan come and babysit us. He was always so much fun. In due course, the Green girls babysat you kids when your folks lived in the Sutherland home in Norman. Your Dad was a very nice guy . He was very proud of you both. Will miss his friendly smile . Hugs all around 💕
6 March 2019
Hayley, my sincere condolences to you and all the family on the loss of your dad. He was such a good guy. Enjoyed all my inter-actions with him at MTO as he was so easy going. He asked, never demanded. Was always polite and appreciative of anything done for him. Having worked at MTO for a time you know how some people could get your back up but not Al. If he wanted me to get him supplies it was never "I need it right now" and when he got his order there was never a time when he didn't say "thank you." Being so polite about it probably got him a few extra pens and forms so he was smart too! He had a good sense of humour and always enjoyed banter with him. Am thinking I might have to hunt around for my MTO album and revisit some of the photos. One of those would be "Chuckie's rock." Remember that? Sat next to your dad two retiree lunches ago and am glad that we had a chance to chat and catch up on things. Think everybody at MTO respected your dad and we'll all miss him.
Am sending a donation to the Cat Shelter in his memory.
5 March 2019
We are grateful to have become friends with Al over the past few years. We always enjoyed his company and gentle nature. Truly one of the good guys. He will be missed.
Bill & Cheryl Gow