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Born: Jul 26, 1973

Date of Passing: Sep 15, 2022

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July 26, 1973 – September 15, 2022

It is with deep sadness and profound grief that the family of Alvin Joseph Sutherland Jr. (49), announce his passing on Thursday, September 15, 2022 at the Grace Hospital in Winnipeg from acute renal failure.
Born in Sydney Mines, Alvin cherished his birthplace and the relationships with his many aunts, uncles and cousins.
He is predeceased by his father Alvin Joseph Sutherland Sr and survived by his mother Sharon (Gord) Foxon; his four siblings, Lynette (Kevin) Mackay, Stephen (Chantel), Bill (Sandy) and Shawn (Amanda) and his nephews, Tyler, Malcolm, Michael, Kaleb and Ethan.
Alvin's complex health issues would never come in the way of wanting the most out of life. We all could count on a daily call and ask us how we were doing, knowing that he himself had greater needs than our own. Alvin personified selflessness desiring to be generous with his time and limited resources. Though Alvin lived in poverty, his wealth was not measured by his bank account balance, rather it was measured in the treasured friendships and family who he adored. Saying Alvin had a number of setbacks in life would be an understatement. Despite these barriers, Alvin time after time showcased tremendous resilience, proving barriers were no match for his insurmountable superhero strength.
Relationships trumped possessions as Alvin was energized by listening to people and sharing time with whomever needed it. Alvin genuinely loved his friends, both near and far. You would find his closest friends around a table playing Pathfinder or D and D for hours and sometimes days at a time. Alvin was in his element when he was gaming. Alvin was a gifted listener and cultivated relationships with spirit of empathy. It was his closest friends that became family. They celebrated birthdays, Christmas, Thanksgiving and was always welcomed into their homes. When Alvin began living as an amputee, it was his closest friends who adapted space to eliminate any barrier that prevented Alvin from attending.
The family would like to extend their deep appreciation to the staff of The Grace General Hospital 3 South and in particular Dr. Jacob, his final physician and Ms. Leslie Blair, Social Worker who championed his transition from hospital to his personal care home, as well as providing family with unparalleled support from the moment of first contact. Though Alvin only lived at Heritage Lodge (PCH) for a short while, the staff welcomed Alvin and provided quality and compassionate care that he so desperately needed.
Visitation will take place on September 27, 2022 at Friends Funeral Services, 2146 Main Street on Tuesday, September 27 from 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. This will be an opportunity to be with one another and personally say goodbye to this giant of fierce love and grace.
Knowing that the most important day in the year for Alvin was his birthday, it is not surprising that Alvin is throwing a birthday party that will be the backdrop in celebrating his life. This Marvel themed birthday gathering will take place on Saturday, October 8, 2022 at The Warehouse (Riverwood) from 2:00 p.m. at 5:00 p.m. at 270 Gordon Avenue. A short program will start at 2:30 p.m. and food, games and fun will follow. We hope everyone who was touched by Alvin's love for life will attend.
A private internment will take place following cremation and Alvin will rest by his father's side at the St. Vital Cemetery in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
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"We have to be greater than what we suffer. My wish for you is to become hope. People need that." – Spiderman

As published in Winnipeg Free Press on Sep 24, 2022

Condolences & Memories (2 entries)

  • When I first met Alvin he had two legs and was a fellow player. Over the years he helped me when no one else could. I owe him more than I can ever express. On the lighter side no one died in more spectacular fashion during a pathfinder and dnd game. His reckless bravery and almost unreasonable greed for treasure made for hilarious memories. He once played a warlock that lived in a shack beside a mansion he refused to fix up because that was money he spend on magic items. I drifted out of touch with Alvin in recent years but always viewed him as an older wild uncle. I only discovered that we lost him when trying to reconnect. Alvin lived going to the movies with his brother and would often tell me stories about their time at them. I'm sorry Alvin and hope this finds you in a better place. - Posted by: Jan MacDonald (Game master) on: Oct 11, 2022

  • Alvin, we will miss you at the gaming table. Our time as a party will always be a time we reflect on fondly. Love the gang: Cara, James, Jan, Reese, Tim, & Brian - Posted by: Cara (D&D friend) on: Oct 11, 2022

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