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Born: Nov 26, 1943

Date of Passing: Nov 21, 2021

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Peacefully on November 21, 2021, Don
passed away at Grace Hospital at the age of 77.
Don was predeceased by his parents,
William and Alma Suderman and his brother, Jim.
Don will be lovingly remembered by his wife of 53 years, Susan and his two daughters, Christy and Karen (Jeff); his three special grandchildren, Dallen, Sarah and Tyler. Along with two grand-dogs, Lily and Roxy. He also leaves his brother Bob and sister-in-law Ev as well as their two daughters, Marcia and Shawn.
Don was born on November 26, 1943, in Carman, MB. He moved to Winnipeg with his parents and brothers in 1958. After receiving his Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of
Education, he started teaching at Churchill High School and then finished his teaching career, after 25 years, at Kelvin High School in 2000. Even after his retirement he
continued tutoring at Balmoral Hall School. In his spare time, he enjoyed golfing and working on old cars, which led him to become a member of the Manitoba Classic and
Antique Auto Club.
He always had a great sense of humour and loved telling bad "Dad" jokes!
The family would like to thank the staff at the Victoria General Hospital, Tuxedo Villa Extendicare, and the Grace Hospital for their care and kindness to Don during his last months.
In lieu of flowers donation can be made to Parkinson Canada or Crohn's and Colitis
Canada or a charity of your choice.
Please join the family for a reception at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at Chapel Lawn Funeral Home. Please call
Chapel Lawn between 9:00 4:00 p.m. to reserve your seat.

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As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Nov 27, 2021

Condolences & Memories (18 entries)

  • Yesterday evening I received the sad news that Don had died on November 21st, just a few days before his birthday. Don taught me Science in Grade 9 and Chemistry in Grade 11 at Churchill High School in the mid-1970s and supervised and mentored me and best friend Andy Stadnyk for several science fair projects. Don was an exceptional teacher, but he was so much more than that. Don has been one of the greatest influences on my life's course and his unfailing support and encouragement have led to a rich and rewarding life in science, then as an academic family physician at the University of Toronto. I owe Don a debt that I can never repay. My deepest condolences to his wife Susan, daughters Christy and Karen and extended family. Thanks so much for sharing some of Don with so many very lucky former students like me. - Posted by: Dr. Nick Pimlott (Former student) on: Dec 01, 2021

  • I remember Mr Suderman very well when I went to Churchill High School. He was my Grade 9 science teacher. I remember he had a sense of humour which made coming to his class enjoyable. He was an excellent teacher & he was involved in the CHS Curling Club at the Fort Rouge Curling Club. I skipped against him in Grade 12 which was a lot of fun. He was a great guy & one of my favourite teachers. My sincerest condolences to Don's family. May he Rest In Peace. - Posted by: Al Nickel (Student at Churchill High School) on: Dec 01, 2021

  • An exceptional teacher, who had significant positive impact on those of us lucky enough to have crossed his path. Condolences to the family. - Posted by: Robin Borse (Teacher) on: Nov 30, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to Mr. Suderman’s family and friends. In high school, I had the pleasure of working with Mr. Suderman regularly in Chemistry and cannot thank him enough for the knowledge, kindness, and passion for chemistry he brought into my life. He made learning fun, his passion for chemistry was evident. A wonderful person who made a mark on my life and that of many others. Thank you. Rest In Peace, Mr. Suderman. - Posted by: Aynsley Hygaard ((Student at BH)) on: Nov 29, 2021

  • I am so sorry for your loss. Don was my IB chemistry teacher at Kelvin just over 20 years ago. I graduated the year he retired, though, at the time, I didn't know 2020 would be his last year teaching at Kelvin. He was one of the best teachers I ever had and certainly made an impression on me when I was a youngster. Please accept my very deepest condolences. - Posted by: Xi Wang (former student) on: Nov 28, 2021

  • Mr Suderman was one of the teachers you never forget. He sparked a interest in Science which lead me to chose the career I am in. Have lots of fond memories, He will be missed by all My condolences to his wife Daughters and family. Brendan Byrne - Posted by: Brendan Byrne (Student) on: Nov 28, 2021

  • Great teacher. Was the only physics teacher the made sense that if you jumped from a airplane, that your were actually decelerating.... My condolences. - Posted by: William Johnstom (Former student 1983-84) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • I grew up with Dan & older brother Robert. Don was a very studious student at Carman Collegiate. I lost track of both the boys once I left Carman & enlisted in the Navy. My condolences to the family & brother Robert. RIP Don. Lloyd Johnson, Edmonton, Alberta - Posted by: Lloyd (Johnson) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • I first met Don when he was “courting” Sue, when her family lived on Moore Ave. If he came to pick her up or just visit and I happened to be there, I remember thinking, what a great guy he was and always thought I sure hope they get married…well it happened, and they went on to have two great daughters that were blessed with him as their Father. I’ll always remember the family coming to Vancouver for Expo 86, and the wonderful, fun times we all had together, very cherished memories. Heartbreaking to hear of his passing, and I send my deepest sympathies to Sue, Christy and Karen, Jeff, Dallen, Sarah and Tyler. They will miss him as we all will. Big hugs to his family. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️RIP Don xo - Posted by: Shelagh Crockatt (Cousin to his wife Susan) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • One of the many great colleagues at Kelvin High who made your day and was instrumental in shaping his students to love his classes and be better people. He was always willing to share in conversation and his views on education. We all solved many of the problems of the world in the staff room. May he rest in peace and the family find joy and strength in the life he lived and the students he influenced. Noel/Tom Stewart (Kelvin High) - Posted by: Tom/Noel Stewart (colleague) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • Rip Mr. Suderman - You will missed by so many you’ve touched in many ways. Thank you for your teaching professionalism and being the person you are. My condolences to the family May your memory be a blessing With love - Posted by: Karen Evans (Student ) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • Thank you Mr. Suderman for giving your students a stellar education, and many memories of good humour and good grace when dealing with us as teenagers! I met my first husband in your Chemistry class, and we always thought of you very fondly. "Grams to moles, and moles to grams". Rest in Peace, Sir. And condolences to your family and friends, they must miss you so. - Posted by: Krista Hope-Tindall (Former student) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • My deepest condolences to the Suderman family. I had "Dr." Don for my chemistry teacher at Churchill High School in the early 70"s and even though I failed that class I had the highest regard for Mr. Suderman. I remember him driving up to school in his 50s Chevy, I thought him to be so cool. Once while in metal shops he arrived to give Mr. Zorniak broken car parts that needed welding for another restoration. He was a teacher I will always remember fondly, RIP. Doug Lyons - Posted by: Doug Lyons (Former student) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • Susan and family. Don lived across the street from our family, Hector Bay West, and Don was the brother I always wanted. He taught me to drive, much to my parents relief. Showing teaching was in his future. Our lives crossed occasionally, and our conversation would pick up where we left off. My heart aches today for his family, you were gifted with an amazing man. Trucia and Ralph Howard - Posted by: Trucia Howard (Friend) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • Mr. Suderman was a wonderful influence in my life! I am so sorry for your loss. I thought of him yesterday. This past fall, I and four old friends, went on a fishing trip/visit. We reminisced of course, and spoke of Don, well of Mr. Suderman. When we all lived in Winnipeg, after high school, we and a group of friends would gather to catch up. Several times Don joined us, He was kind, caring and funny, an absolute gem of a teacher! Rest in Peace Mr. Suderman. Bruce, CHS class of 78 - Posted by: Bruce Forbes (Student of Mr Suderman) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • Mr. Suderman was my favorite teacher at Churchill and taught me to love Chemistry so much so that I took Chemical Engineering at university (had to go away to UBC for that program). He even made Physics interesting, which is a tall order in high school! - Posted by: John Lawrence (Student) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • I was sadden to read of Don's passing. He and my dad were great friends, spending many hours together playing Bridge and chatting. - Posted by: Pat Carroll (son of Jack Carroll) on: Nov 27, 2021

  • Mr Suderman was my high school chemistry teacher at Churchill. I still remember the fun and learning that went on his his class and his jokes. He was one of the teachers that inspired me to pursue teaching as a career. - Posted by: Paul Stewart (former student) on: Nov 27, 2021

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