Merritt Funeral Chapel

2113 Granite Avenue, Merritt, BC



October 9, 1943December 21, 2019

Jack Sutherland Saturday, 21 Dec 2019

John Richard Sutherland, “Jack”, passed away peacefully with his family at his side in Merritt, BC., on Saturday, December 21, 2019, following a very brief battle with cancer.

Jack touched the hearts of everyone he met with his charisma and sense of humour, there was always a joke for him to tell or a funny story from his past to share. Oh how we will miss those stories. His greatest loves were first and foremost his family, then his friends and finally his truck! He also enjoyed boating and cooking for his family, although sometimes, each ended up with disastrous results.

Jack was a highly respected man in the mining industry, where he worked in all parts of North America and Central America. His life long career earned him such respect, he was invited to Asia and South Africa to consult on mining operations as they valued his knowledge. Long after retirement, he was often asked for his opinion by mining colleagues, on how to solve a problem they were having. Mining was a passion and he loved his job! We are so grateful for the time we had with him, we shall miss his wisdom, his patience, his compassion and most of all, his beautiful sense of humour.

Jack is survived by his wife, Elaine, his daughter Carla (Terry), granddaughter Jessie (Rainer), his two great granddaughters, Sloane and Livia, (lovingly referred to as gloom and doom) and his little dog, Amber. He is also survived by his sister Faye (Dave) Atikokan, Ont., brother Don (Lynn) Winnipeg, Man., his nephews (great nephews) and niece (great nieces), as well as numerous friends and relatives. He is predeceased by his father, Duncan and his mother, Minn.

A special thank you to Gillis House, for all their care and compassion. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the BC. Cancer Society or Gillis House.

There will be no service by request. A small, private family gathering will be held in Cypress River, Manitoba, where Jack will be returned to the very spot he was brought into this world.



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Carla Sutherland

January 11, 2020

Dear Dad,

There hasn’t been a day that has gone by since you left that I have not shed a tear. I wake up and you are first in my thoughts and the last before I close my eyes at night. I can still see your smirk every time we said something you didn’t agree with! I can still hear you whisper “I love you too”, the very last words you said to me.

That last night, I didn’t want to wake you, I just let you sleep, just sat beside you because you truly looked so peaceful and were having such a relaxed sleep. Part of me wishes I woke you up just to talk to you just one last time.

I am forever grateful to you as you are the part of reason why I am who I am today (can’t forget Mom). You instilled wonderful values in me; a few of them being integrity, compassion, determination and I would like to think humour. You were always there to support me and help me when I needed help whether as a child or an adult. All these things you taught me, I pass them down, from generation to generation.

I will miss your hilarious stories... the one about hanging the chocolate bars from the ceiling to make your camp roommate think you were nuts, the one when you got caught smoking from your dad or the time you woke your sister up in the middle of the night and she got all ready to go to her figure skating competition that was really in the morning haha....always such the prankster!

When I’m ready Dad, I will open your last Christmas gift to me and I will cherish the card for the rest of my days, something I always took for granted will now be my greatest treasure.

We are all a whole lot lost right now but don’t you worry, we will take good care of each other.

I love you Dad ❤️❤️.


Jodi McAllister

January 9, 2020

Oh, Uncle Jack Rabbit, I have so many memories. Visiting you guys in Phoenix, the time Jeff fell in the toilet and you had a hay day with that one. You guys coming to Rainy River for Christmas a few times, going to the dock in BC to get Red Snapper for supper, even tho I had no idea what that was, you just made it sound like such an adventure, and I was in love with you, so off we went. The time you and Auntie Elaine flipped the recliner chair backwards at mom and dad's cabin when you both tried to sit in it. So many more memories. Our visits became fewer and farther between over time, but no matter how much time passed between visits, there was always laughter and fun when we were together. I will never forget the jokes, the laughs and the teasing and all the fun we had with you. Rest in peace Uncle Jack Rabbit.

Thomas McGrail

December 29, 2019

I had the distinct pleasure to work with Jack, during my time in Bonanza, RAAN, Nicaragua. I'd never seen people work so tirelessly to please Jack and overcome the language issue. Hopefully Jack will continue his Spanish lessons in Heaven. If Heaven needs a process plant, Jack will build one from the scrap yard, as Jack did in Bonanza. I will truly miss Jack; his genius and attitude impacted positively everyone who had the opportunity to share time with this truly remarkable man. Hopefully, Jack will take a day off before commencing his next project, in Heaven. Elaine will have to insist.