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Sutherland, Frederick "Fred"
February 26, 1923 - January 21, 2019
Service:Monday, January 28, 2019
1:00 pm
Royal Canadian Legion Rocky Mountain House, AB
Notice:  As per the families request, they would like for no memorial donations or that no flowers be sent.


Fredrick Edwin Sutherland
The family of Fred Sutherland is very sad to report that Fred died in Rocky Mountain House on Jan 21, 2019.
Fred was born in Peace River, Alberta on February 26, 1923 to Dr. Frederick H. and Clara Sutherland. As a boy Fred developed a great love of the outdoors, spending every free moment in the “bush”. As a school boy Fred also discovered his other lifelong love, Margaret Baker.
In 1941, as soon as he turned 18, Fred left high school and joined the RCAF. He was seconded to the RAF and served in 50 and 617 (Dambuster) Squadrons. Fred was front gunner in the aircraft that broke the Eder Dam in May, 1943. On September 17th he was forced to bail out of a crippled bomber over Holland. Hiding and travelling with the help of the Dutch and French Resistance he reached the Pyrennes. From there, the Basque guided him into Spain. He arrived in Gibraltor in December, 1943.
Fred and Margaret were married in Edmonton on January 5, 1944, the day after his return. They were married for 73 years.
Fred was a gunnery instructor in Canada until he left the RCAF in November 1944.
He then worked as a clerk, and with night classes completed his high school.
Fred graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in Forestry in 1952. He worked for numerous logging companies in British Columbia before joining the Alberta Forest Service in 1958. After postings in Blairmore, Calgary, and Edmonton he moved his family to Rocky Mountain House in 1964 to become Superintendent of the Rocky Clearwater Forest. He really loved his work, especially when he could get out of the office into the “bush”. One of the main reasons Fred stayed in Rocky was the amazing people he had to work with. He retired in 1986.
With their fantastic group of friends, Fred and Marg loved the outdoors in all seasons be it backpacking, fishing, canoeing or skiing. The mountain lakes were favorite destinations. Fred and Marg also travelled extensively to Mexico, Europe, South America and the Middle East. A lot of their most interesting times were spent over food, drink and conversation with friends.
Fred is survived by his sister Alma Richardson; his daughter Joan (Hugh Norris); sons Tom (Cathy) and Jim (Laurie) and grandchildren David, Michael (Alanna), Tamara, Scott, Stephen and Jason. Fred was predeceased by his wife, Margaret and his sister Kathleen

A gathering of friends and family will be held at the Royal Canadian Legion #8, on Monday, January 28, 2019 to celebrate Fred’s life. Cremation has been entrusted to Rocky Mountain Crematorium, Rocky Mountain House, AB.

The family desires that NO memorial donations or flowers be sent.

Rocky and Sylvan Lake Funeral Homes and Crematorium, your Golden Rule Funeral Homes, entrusted with the arrangements. 403-845-2626


Ashton Irwin:
Sad to hear of Fred's passing.

He was a great guy. It was a pleasure knowing him for sure.

May he rest in peace.
Aarti and Jason Connell:
We were very blessed to have met, and spent time with, Fred and Marg. They are indelibly etched into our hearts and memories forever. God Bless.
Rhonda & Rick Reynaud:
Sincere condolences to all your family. It was a pleasure and honor to know both your Dad and Mom. They were interesting and inspirational people. If we all could grow old with such wisdom and grace. Joan, I enjoyed talking with you and so much respect the care you took with both your Mom & Dad.
Melonie Gillis Mazurek:
Thinking of you Joan, Tom, Jim and families as you say goodbye to your dad. He was such a cool guy and I'm so glad I was able to have that visit with you Joan a few months ago It was so nice to reminisce and hear about your Dad and your relationship with him. My thoughts and prayers are of all of you. May he rest in peace with your mom.
Art and Marilyn Peter:
It with great sadness we hear of Fred’s passing. I had the privilege of working with Fred for 5 plus years at Rocky Mtn. House. He was a great supervisor and a kind person to everybody. I first met Fred during the clearing of the Brazeau Dam (Lake Abraham).I will always remember Fred for his smile and friendliness.To the families of Fred and Marg. our deepest sympathies.
Greg McGrath:
I truly consider it an honour to have known Fred Sutherland for most of my life. As a young boy I was vaguely familiar with Fred back in the mid sixties - back then you knew most people who lived in town as it was a much smaller community. I became more familiar with Fred and his family in the late sixties when I attended school with Joan and Tom. I don’t recall being familiar with his military history at that point in time. Following university and several years working in Calgary I returned to Rocky in 1979. I would often see Fred out walking and he always had a smile and would nod his head and say hello. As time went by I would see him more often - usually in the grocery store. He surprised me one day when he came up and said “ hello Greg, how are you?” I was shocked he remembered my name. Following that we had many chance encounters and always had a chat. By now of course I was fully aware of Fred’s contributions and sacfrices to the war. My respect and admiration for him and all the men and women who served - both past and present - is deeply engrained. My father taught me what it was like to be involved in WW2.

To me Fred was a kind, dignified and humble man. I will greatly miss seeing him in the grocery store. When I read about his passing I was sad and upset. Sad to loose such a wonderful man, and upset because we are out of the country and were unable to attend his celebration of life. To Joan, Tom and Jim please accept mine and Shirley’s heartfelt condolences.

Lois Rollier:
What a beautiful and heart warming eulogy for your Dad. Thank you for that. I will treasure the stories you so eloquently shared.
Rick Morrish :
I am very sad to hear of Fred‘s passing and I’m sure going to miss him. Fred was a very humble and interesting person to talk to. I will always miss the conversations with Fred that I looked so forward to when he would book his car in for servicing at the shop. He never wanted to ride home, but would rather sit there and visit with us in the office. Fred was always very interested in what we have been up to and where we had been on vacation or where we were going to on vacation etc. Sometimes I could even get him to reveal some of his very interesting history stories and experiences of which I really appreciated. I feel honoured to have known such a wonderful man! Sorry I am unable to attend Fred’s service due to circumstances beyond my control.
Bruce & Laverne Cormier:
Tom, Cathy & entire Sutherland family; our deepest sympathies to the entire family on the passing of Fred. Treasure your precious memories.
Mike Poscente:
I was sad to hear of Fred's passing but I am happy he lived such a long and good life. I had the honour of working with Fred when he was the Rocky/Clearwater Forest Superintendent. I had the pleasure of many trips to the 'Bush' with Fred work wise and with Fred and Margaret socially, mostly cross-country skiing. On one work trip, Fred and I hiked into Pinto Lake. Half way in we stopped to set-up camp for the night. When we started to make supper he pulled out his compact, light aluminum hiker cooking set. I yanked a 12 inch cast iron frying pan out of my pack. He looked at me in surprize saying, "You carried a cast iron frying pan all the way into here?" I shrugged, I was not a good hiker, I was more used to travelling by horse and didn't worry about weight too much. At any rate , he was pretty happy to cook over the open fire with that big skillet for the next four nights! So long to a very honourable, professional and highly respected man. God bless.
Stew and Jean Stephanson:
To all of the family of Fred Sutherland ( and Margaret ) It was a privilege to live next door to this wonderful couple for over 36 years!
I began to get to know Fred in the summer of 1966 when I went to work in the radio room at the Forest Division office in Rocky Mtn House.
I was on days off visiting family that summer when the farm house phone rang, and my mother handed it to me. It was the Forest Superintendent at Rocky. Fred Sutherland identified himself, and stated, congratulations Stewart, you were chosen to be the Assistant ranger at DF 2 Fort Vermilion posting. When I returned to work in the Rocky office the following year, I got to know MR Sutherland much better. Short years later, we purchased the home next door north of Sutherland’s, and really began to know and appreciate them both.
Over the next “decades” a mutual and great friendship developed, memories of which, Jean and I will always cherish! Yes, they were world travellers, we admired the energy they had to do this consistently. ( and all the skiing,back packing and hiking, and canoeing over many years )
and must mention, building a neat cabin on the sask River acherage they owned. Fred had many talents. Our doorbell would ring, Fred would be standing with cabin key in hand, Marg and I are going out of country, you two go out and use and enjoy it ! We did, it was so generous of them both. When the day came we made plans to move to a new residence to ease daily living, I approached Fred and Margaret in their yard and explained our plans. They both went quiet, and the tears welled up in their eyes, they had company in that dept, something in my eyes too.
Life is mostly of great friends you make while travelling that path.
Fred and Margaret were at the top of our list.
With happy memories
Stew and Jean
Rhonda (Hamilton) McPhail:
Our family sends their sincerest condolences to your family. Fred was a very special person in so many ways but especially because he was such a long time friend and co-worker of Bill McPhail’s. There were many, many stories that Bill told us over the many years he and Fred worked together. Bill and Jennie now reside in a nursing home in Edmonton and are no longer able to travel. We all send our heartfelt sympathy. It is the ending of a great era!

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