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Barbara Sutherland
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Barbara Anne
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1943 - 2018
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Obituary for Barbara Sutherland (Johnson)

Barbara  Sutherland (Johnson)
Barbara Sutherland
(August 11, 1943 – February 25, 2018)

It is with great sorrow we share the news that our Mom, Barbara Anne Sutherland, died unexpectedly of heart complications on Sunday, February 25. She was the much-loved daughter of Bud & Dode Johnson, and the life partner of Peter Sutherland, whom she lost in 2014.

Born and raised in Toronto, Barb worked at various careers: as a junior public teacher with the Toronto School Board, as a teller for the Bank of Montreal, and as a customer service representative for Mastercard. She was also a stay-at-home mom for many years, to the benefit of her two daughters.

Retirement brought Barb and Pete to Gravenhurst, where they embraced just about everything. Barb became involved with Music at the Barge, Communities in Bloom, and the Gravenhurst Public Library. Two years ago, Barb discovered the wonderful community of people at the Gravenhurst Seniors Centre.

Barbara leaves behind two daughters, Robin (Don) and Nikki (Steve), two grandsons, Liam and Kieran, and three grand-dogs, Brontë, Bingley, and Darcy. She also leaves behind her younger brother, Rob (Peggy).

A memorial service will be held at the Cavill-Turner Funeral Home in Gravenhurst On Saturday May, 12, 2018 at 1:00 p.m. Visitation will be held one hour prior to service time. Messages of condolence can be offered to the family at www.cavillfuneralhome.com. In lieu of flowers, we think Barbara would appreciate a donation to the Canadian Cancer Society.
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Life Story for Barbara Sutherland (Johnson)

Barbara Sutherland
(August 11, 1943 – February 25, 2018)

It is with great sorrow we share the news that our Mom, Barbara Anne Sutherland, died unexpectedly of heart complications on Sunday, February 25. She was the much-loved daughter of Bud & Dode Johnson, and the life partner of Peter Sutherland, whom she lost in 2014.

Born and raised in Toronto, Mom jitterbugged her way through the 1950s and right down the aisle when she married “Sutherland,” the then-bane of our grandfather’s existence. Mom and Dad were a formidable team. Among their many great accomplishments was the decision to buy the family cottage on Pine Lake; the other was the decision to complete their family with us, their two daughters.

We were so lucky that Mom put her teaching career on hold to be a stay-at-home mom when we were little. She greeted us every day at noon with a hot lunch that always included a quartered apple for dessert. She helped us design patterns for bead necklaces, and knit slippers to earn Brownie badges. She taught us how to sew buttons on shirts, and how to embroider lazy daisies, chain stitches, and French knots. She made the most incredible Hallowe’en costumes: we were leopards, bunny rabbits, and fairy princesses. Her greatest coup was Pippi Longstocking hair. Holidays were always festive, with her signature heart-shaped cake with cinnamon hearts at Valentine’s Day, and fully loaded Christmas stockings. Thanksgivings at the cottage were the stuff of legend. Mom made our childhoods magical.

Things were less charming at the card table. Mom was a fierce opponent, and she and our grandfather routinely demolished our Dad and grandmother at a rubber or five of Bridge. Mom was equally as remorseless at a round of Scrabble, and was a wizard at Cryptic Crosswords. Her latest passion was shuffleboard, and we have pitied her new opponents.

As the years passed, Mom returned to work, first to the Bank of Montreal, then Mastercard, and then finally to the teaching career she had loved so much with the Toronto Board of Education. As librarian for a junior public school, Mom shared her love of reading with many young children. Mom and Dad travelled extensively to Mexico during this time, as well as to California.

Retirement brought Mom and Dad to Gravenhurst, where they embraced just about everything. Mom became involved with Music at the Barge, Communities in Bloom, and the Gravenhurst Public Library. She loved every minute she spent collecting donations after Sunday night performances, or planting gardens, or serving on the library board. During these years, Mom and Dad took their dream trip to Europe, where they visited Spain and Italy, and they spent their winters in Florida. Two years ago, Mom discovered the wonderful community of people at the Gravenhurst Seniors Centre.


Our Mom was quirky and enigmatic, optimistic and steadfast. She liked following a clear game plan, but she was always up for new experiences and was quick to find the positives in just about everything. Mom taught us the value of a balanced diet, the importance of a fully-stocked toolbox, and the need to say “thank you” to acknowledge the efforts of others. She taught us how to love and to laugh unreservedly. With a creative flair, our Mom taught us all we needed to know to be capable and compassionate people. We will miss her.

Our Mom leaves behind two daughters, Robin (Don) and Nikki (Steve), two grandsons, Liam and Kieran, and three grand-dogs, Brontë, Bingley, and Darcy. She also leaves behind her younger brother, Rob (Peggy).

At this time, we would like to acknowledge the friendship and support that our family has received, especially over the past four years, from Fred Schultz, the world’s best neighbor, and Sara Conron, the world’s best honorary family member. We would also like to thank all the people at the Seniors Centre who shared a laugh or braved a game of shuffleboard with our Mom during the winter of 2016, when she was going through a daunting treatment for breast cancer. You made all the difference.

Our Mom loved flowers, so we ask that you take a moment this spring when you see the tulips bloom, or the forthysias blossom, and think of a happy memory you have of her. Mom was conscious of having lived a full and good life, and there is no better time to remember happy moments than in spring.