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Born: Nov 10, 1934

Date of Passing: Apr 10, 2017

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WILLIAM FRASER SUTHERLAND (SUDSY) On Monday April 10, 2017, Bill 'Sudsy' Sutherland played his last shift. After a long and courageous battle with Parkinson's disease Dad passed away peacefully with family at his side. He leaves behind Sheila, his loving wife of 61 years, son Ken (Kerri), grandchildren Kayla, Keenan, Kyle, Kelton, daughter Maureen Matthews, grandchildren Kristen (Jay), Amy (Trevor), great-grandchildren Kaitlyn and Logan, son Jeff, son Dan (Kelly), grandchildren Will, Ashley (Steve), Mason, daughter Marianne Komar, grandchildren Kyla and Jaiden. He is survived by his brother Neil (Kay) and sisters Nessie Bevington and Jean (Doug) Ingram as well as many nieces and nephews. Dad was born in Regina, Saskatchewan November 10, 1934 and grew up in Winnipeg where he attended Luxton School and met his future wife Sheila at the age of 13. Growing up Dad was a gifted athlete playing baseball, lacrosse, golf, soccer and hockey. Although he had the opportunity to play pro soccer and pro hockey, hockey was his true passion. He played his Jr. hockey with the St. Boniface Canadians who were an affiliate team of the Montreal Canadians. After Jr. he moved up to the pro ranks and into the Montreal Canadians farm team system with the Cleveland Barons and the Quebec Aces of the American Hockey League. He was fortunate to play with the Montreal Canadians in the Stanley Cup playoffs of 1963 against the Toronto Maple Leafs during the nostalgic days of the Original six teams. With the expansion of the NHL to 12 teams in 1967, Dad was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers and scored the first goal ever in the Flyers franchise history. After the Flyers he went on to play with the Toronto Maple Leafs, St. Louis Blues, and the Detroit Red Wings. In 1972 Dad decided to return home and played 2 seasons with the Winnipeg Jets of the newly founded World Hockey Association. Dad was always very proud to have been an 'Original Jet'. After hanging up the blades, Dad went on to coach the Jets winning the league championship Avco Cup in 1978-79 and helped guide the Jets through their entry into the NHL, continuing to coach until 1989. Dad was also an avid golfer and spent many a wonderful day with his great golf buddies at Rossmere Golf and Country Club and the Sandy Hook Golf Course. Near the end of his hockey career Dad decided to take up curling and became an enthusiastic member and later President of the West Kildonan Curling Club, once again making many friends along the way. During retirement Mom and Dad spent their winters in South Carolina, Florida and Texas making yet more friends, returning to their home on Sandy Hook Golf Course for the summers. Dad was a wonderful husband, dad, grandpa, great grandpapa, and a true friend to many. His sharp wit, wonderful sense of humour, and his intense sense of loyalty made him easy to love. Rest in peace, Coach. The family would like to thank Dr. Kevin Saunders, and the staff of the Middlechurch Home for their kindness and excellent care. In lieu of flowers please consider a donation in memory of Bill 'Sudsy' Sutherland to the Winnipeg Jets True North Youth Foundation, 345 Graham Avenue. A celebration of life will take place Wednesday, April 19, 2:00 p.m. at Rossmere Golf and Country Club, 925 Watt Street.

As published in the Winnipeg Free Press on Apr 15, 2017

Condolences & Memories (3 entries)

  • You will be missed! You always had a smile on your face and enjoyed life to it's fullest. You had an illustrious career and will be remembered fondly! - Posted by: Rosalie Grant (Relative) on: Apr 19, 2017

  • RIP Mr Sutherland. Sympathies to all The Sutherland family. - Posted by: Mark G J Blais and family (Family Friend) on: Apr 15, 2017

  • Having known both Sudsy and Sheila since Gr. 5 at Luxton School, I am saddened at Bills passing. Over the years we have so many fine thoughts of school, playing hockey at Luxton St. Cross, then the Carruthers Habs, then the St. Boniface Canadains, and then neighbours at Sandy Hook, my memory jar is full to overflowing. I have truly lost a life-long friend. My best wishes and prayers go out to Sheila and family. Gary Whyte - Posted by: gary whyte (life long friend) on: Apr 15, 2017

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