We are deeply sorry for your loss - the staff at Stinson Funeral Home
In Loving Memory of
Sutherland, Robert Orion (Dean)
It is with deep sorrow that we announce the passing of Robert Orion (Dean) Sutherland on September 3rd, 2021 at 70 years of age in the Temiskaming Hospital after a long and courageous battle with cancer and its complications.
He was predeceased by his parents Harold Orion and Lillian Velma (née Campbell) Sutherland and by his in-laws Frederick Richard and Joan Elizabeth (née Whitbourn) Westbrook, his sisters-in-law, Lila Reid, Lynn Sutherland, brother-in-law Ken Strathdee and nephew Dustin Westbrook.
He is survived by his wife of forty nine years Carol Elizabeth (Westbrook), his brothers Glenn (Sherri) Sutherland, David Sutherland, his sister Grace (Dave) Adams, his brothers-in-law Rick (Rita) Westbrook, Wayne Westbrook, his sisters-in-law Olive Westbrook, Edith Westbrook and Marjie (Gene) Hayes.
He was Uncle Dean to Melissa, Jason, Kenneth, Melody, Richard, Nick, Tanya, Melissa, Kurtis, Jennifer, Jonathon, Elizabeth, Lindsay, Allison, Miranda, Josie, Dillon, Tia and a special uncle to Amy (Ben) Pezzola and super Grandpa to Zac & Jacob Pezzola.
He was a special ‘brother’ to Reg (Shanda) Perreault and Gerry (Tracey) Chiasson and a dear friend to many.
Born in Strathroy, Ontario on October 2nd, 1950, he followed his future wife Carol to Englehart, Ontario where he owned his own business RO Sutherland Trucking & Excavating. He also worked for Joseph Nychuk Trucking before moving to Timmins in 1986 where he received his heavy equipment & automotive mechanic license’s. He worked for Bupont Motors before starting his own business ROS Auto Repair & Service. He completely restored a 1950 F1 Ford pickup (tangelo orange). He attended many car shows throughout the province and won many trophies. He was known for his amazing collection of over 40 antique engines and collectables, which included a 1910 London, a 1912 Johnnie on the spot and a 1950 Wright chainsaw. He brought his collection to the Kapuskasing Lumber Jack Festival, the Cobalt Pioneer Show and his favourite the Earlton Steam Show which he attended for many years with his nephew and super helper Zac Pezzola. He loved reminiscing and saying how special these shows were to him. We were able to travel throughout Canada and the USA with our various motorhomes, including a 1978 mini school bus which he converted up to our dream RV – a 38’ Triple E Embassy. We were also blessed to travel to Mexico with his brother Glenn & Sherri. When his health started to decline we decided to downsize and move back to Englehart, Ontario.
How do you summarize a life that has touched so many? He was an amazing man and will be missed and cherished forever. We ask that you honor his memory by helping a friend, buying someone a coffee, mowing a lawn, or fixing a car and living your best life. This is what he would have wanted and what he did.
Please join us for a “Gratitude Service” on Saturday October 2nd, 2021 (his birthday) form 2pm to 6pm in his old garage at 3015 Dalton Road Timmins where he spent most of his joyous days. Thanks, Cassie!
Special thanks to Dr. Durepos in Timmins, Dr. Blount and the nurses at the Temiskaming Hospital and to the dialysis units in Timmins & Temiskaming Hospitals for all their care and compassion. As per Dean’s wishes cremation has taken place and he will be interned in Charlton, Ontario at a later, date.
Arrangements entrusted to Stinson Funeral Home, 100 Bruce avenue, South Porcupine, (705)235-2900
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