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Sutherland, Laurence Bruce (Red)

Laurence Bruce (Red) Sutherland

June 23, 1930 – October 29, 2017

It is with sadness that we announce that Laurence Bruce (Red) Sutherland took his last trip on Sunday October 29th in Penticton, BC.

Raised in the Slocan Valley (Winlaw) in the West Kootenays, Red was the youngest and last survivor of 12 children born to Rita and William Sutherland, and often said, there were so many kids there was no room at the table so he had to eat the scraps off the floor. It wasn’t true and he was actually the much-loved baby of the family.

He was very proud of the fact that a boy from the country could create an interesting and accomplished life for himself and his family. Known for jumping on freight trains as a kid, dispatching taxis in Nelson, to being a deckhand on the SS Minto on the Arrow Lakes in the 1940’s, it seemed that Red was destined to work in the transportation industry. The early 1950’s were exciting times and Red was right in the thick of things driving an ore truck in the historic mining town of Sandon, to driving logging trucks and then on to his passion of driving bus for Greyhound Canada. After 15 years he was promoted to the position of Regional Manager in Vancouver and for the next 15 years he made a positive impression and impact on everyone he met and worked with.

Red never forgot a friend keeping in touch with everyone from his boyhood friends in the Kootenays to his neighbors in Penticton and retired work mates throughout Western Canada.  He will be missed by Muriel (Min), his wife of 68 years and daughters Carol Ann (Barry) Quibell and Barbara (Larry) Coghlan.  His grandchildren Michael (Tiffany) Collier, Danielle (Wes) Tyre and Ryan (Maysa) Coghlan have many wonderful memories they share with his great grandchildren Jillian, Maxwell, & Lucia Tyre and Grace and Nicholas Collier.

He will be missed. There will not be a service by his request. In lieu of flowers please donate to a charity of your choice.