Russ Sutherland was promoted to glory after dealing with an illness in the past 3 months. Russ lived his life a sense of moral commitment or obligation
in various chapters in his
life, starting from a very young age.
At the age 18 he joined the RCAF and was one of the original flight engineers on the C-119 Box Cars and C-130 Hercules flying cargo and supplies in the Artic, Europe and during the Suez War conflict. After leaving the military he volunteered his abilities to the Salvation Army until he and his predeceased wife Evelyn entered the Salvation Army training college at 46 years of age. Both retired at the ranks of Captain in the Salvation Army with postings throughout Canada: Miracle Valley, Mission BC, Estevan and Lloydminster Saskatchewan, Toronto Division HQ, Ontario and finally in Victoria BC in the Community and Family Services.
After retiring to the Maple Ridge Canadian Legion retirement complex, Russ became the Chaplain for the Royal Canadian Legion at Maple Ridge for 4 years. Russ received the Ministers Commendation Medal from the Minister of Veterans Affairs as well as the Queen Jubilee Medal for services with the Legion in May 2003. Health concerns required him to move closer to family in Campbell River where he resided since July 2003. The last 13 years was the longest that Russ resided at one locale at anytime in his life.
Russ will be greatly missed by his children and their spouses; Dave, Heather, Brian, his 8 grandchildren and 7 great grandchildren. We would like to thank Joyce Witham for the love and support given to our father in the last
years of his life.
A celebration of Life will be held at the Salvation Army Ocean Crest Community Church, 291 McLean St., Campbell River at 1 pm on Saturday the 7th of January 2016.