Roy Sutherland

Roy Howard Sutherland passed away peacefully at home on December 11 2020 after a short battle with cancer. Son of the late Earl & Doris (Hyatt) Sutherland. Roy was born on February 28, 1957 in Chatham, where he lived his whole life. Missed by best friend and loving companion Deb Morrison. Much loved by daughter Jayme-Leigh Gardiner & Joel Gardiner, and son Derek Sutherland & Cassandra Daigneau. Proud grandpa of Alyson and Brennan Gardiner. Loving brother of Linda and her husband John Lewis and Edward (Ted) Sutherland and his wife Lisa Sutherland. Roy leaves many loving nieces and nephews Tim & Dawn Lewis, Jay & Christina Sutherland, Al & Lindsey Sutherland, Amanda Sutherland, and Olivia Sutherland.
Roy graduated from CKSS and worked for Bell Canada and Expertech until his retirement. The family would like to thank Dr. John Leigh, the oncology department at Victoria Hospital, the caregivers from VON and Erie St. Clair LHIN especially Laurie, Lisa, and Monica.
At Roy’s request, a Celebration of Life will take place at a later date. Those wishing to make a memorial donation are asked to consider the Canadian Cancer Society at

96 Comments on “Roy Sutherland”

  1. To the family, I am so sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. He always made me smile when I ran into him anywhere.

  2. I worked with Roy many years. Enjoyed working on many jobs with him. Great guy to work with. I enjoyed getting together with Roy when I stayed overnight in Chatham to work on a job. He will be missed by all.

  3. Jayme, Derek and families:
    We loved that man …. nothing short of good times, all the time!
    Love ya’s

    1. Our sincere sympathies to Roy’s family. Always a great time whenever we got together

  4. Sorry to hear of Roy’s passing, our sincere condolences to Jayme-Leigh, Derek and family.

  5. We are so sorry to hear about Roy’s passing.. thoughts and prayers going out to all his family. RIP

    1. Roy was a great guy to be around ! Whether it be at work or play.Condolences to the family.Will never forget his laugh

  6. Saddened to hear of Roy’s passing…..knew him when he was growing up as a youngster near Louisville and later when we both were cable splicers working for Bell Canada……nothing but fond memories of him…..makes me smile when I think of his great laugh…….Condolences to all of his family.

  7. So sorry for your loss. Roy was a great man with a loving heart and was a dear family friend to my parents Bryan and Mary-Lyn. He will be deeply missed by many.

  8. Derek, Deb & Families: We are very sorry to read of Roy passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this time.
    Randy& Paula Aitken

  9. Our condolences to Roy’s family, friends acquaintances and all who loved him.
    Love Denise and Robin

  10. So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. I enjoyed working with Roy for many years. While he was a soft-spoken man, his love to laugh stood out. Rest In Peace Roy.

    With sincere sympathy
    Paul Peco

  11. Sorry for your loss, Roy was a great man ,good friend , always had a smile on his face. Lots of memories and good times, heaven got one very special angel.

  12. My deepest sympathies, prayers & big hugs. I worked with you Dad at Bell. Many great times together over the years, lots of laughs.

  13. I always remember Roy saying – “It’s my turn” when we were at a social event. He was a great guy! Rest in peace – Roy.

  14. We were saddened to hear of Roy’s illness and passing. He was truly a great guy who will be missed by many.

  15. I worked with you Dad at Bell in Chatham many years ago. So sad to hear he’s passed. Thoughts and prayers to the family at this trying time.

  16. Always enjoyed seeing Roy at the work centre , always jolly great way to start the day with a smile

  17. Our sympathies go out to the family. Remember a lot of good times on the plow train. He will be missed.

  18. Our deepest condolences to Jayme-Leigh, Derek and family. Never a dull moment when him and dad got together, and always lots of laughter. He’ll be missed.
    – Amy & Katie

  19. Always enjoyed seeing Roy at the work centre , he had a great attitude and started the day with a smile

  20. Lance and I are very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. Sending your family much love during this difficult time.

  21. So very sorry to hear of Roy’s passing… that smile and laugh will always be remembered. He was a great guy to work with. Our condolences to the family.
    Ian & Marianne Mitchell

  22. Family of Roy, I send you my sympathies and pray happy memories of Roy carry you through now and in the days ahead.
    It has been a few years, but I will always remember his big smiles at our fun filled Monday night volleyball and the get-togethers after at the MH.
    Take care.

  23. Roy was always full of life and laughter. His infectious laugh was contagious .Hugs to all of you, he was a wonderful dad to you, Derek and Jayme-Leigh.
    Debby Daigneau

  24. Our deepest condolences to Jayme-Leigh Derek Deb Gisele and Sutherland family. We will never forget that smile and his laugh. ❤️ One more Angel to look out for us. RIP Roy.

  25. Many decades of fun, from line work, splicing, COE and plow train days. And oh ya all of the activities after work and Bell parties.
    Our family will always have you around us with your son Derek being with our daughter. The apple has not fallen far from the tree.

    R.I.P. BUD

  26. So sad to hear of Roy’s passing. Taken too soon. May his memory live on in your hearts. I enjoyed working with him. RIP Roy.

  27. So sorry for your loss Jayme and Joe, children and family. Treasure all the memories. He will now rest in peace! No more suffering! ❤

  28. Loved the guy so much. Spent many good times together over the years. Thinking of you Jayme-Leigh and Derek. Our hearts are breaking for you.

  29. Our heart felt condolences to Jayme-Leigh and Derek and families, he was such a kind man, good friend and so full of laughter, he will be deeply missed ❤️

  30. We are very sorry to hear of the loss of Roy. Our sympathy to the family. RIP cousin.

  31. I only got to know you for a short period of time. You such a nice person and a great friend. You are sadly missed by so many. Rest in peace Roy and enjoy that snowmobile ride in heaven. God bless you.

  32. I always enjoyed Roy when he worked for me. He was a consciousness worker. Always happy and a hard worker. I played Santa Clause at your house. Roy kept serving Santa drinks.
    Our condolences to Jaymie-Leigh, Derek and family.
    Bill and Joyce.⛹️‍♂️♥️♥️

  33. My condolences to Roy’s family, we worked many years together, always fun to be with. He will be missed, gone to soon, R.I.P. Roy.

    1. My condolences to Deb and to Derek and his family. Thoughts and prayers to you through this time. Your neighbour Jeff and Lisa Roe.

  34. Condolences and prayers to all the Families. Sorry for your loss.
    Roy always seem to have a smile, that was contagious, that made you think he was up to something. Which you knew he was.
    Rest in Peace…. Roy

  35. We were so sad to hear that Roy was ill. We are sorry for your loss and send our deepest sympathy to all of the Sutherland family at this most difficult time.
    Mike & Kathy Flanagan

  36. Sorry to hear about Roy’s passing. Always enjoyed his company when our paths cross. Our thoughts are with the family and friends.

  37. There was always laughter and lots smiles with Roy. Harold and I are sorry for your huge loss.

  38. Sending our sincere condolences to all the Sutherland Family. Such sad news to read today. There was always a smile and a chuckle or two when our paths crossed!
    Cheryl & Gary Korpan

  39. Sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. condolences to Jayme-Leigh, Derek and family. He was a great and meticulous neighbor. Rest in peace my friend.

  40. Our prayers go out to the family. Roy always brought laughter to the table. It was my blessing to have known and worked with him

  41. Deepest Condolences to Roy’s family. Also was a pleasure to run into Roy and have a chat. R.I.P ROY.

  42. Roy was an easy person to welcome to our family. He always had a smile and a laugh at any of our events. We appreciate his love and companionship for our sister Deb. He was taken too soon and will be missed. Our condolences to Derek, Jayme and your families.
    Kathy and Harold Parker

  43. Worked many hours with Roy over the years outside and in the Central Office Roy was a smart man a quick learner and never had a bad thing to say about anybody he was a great guy

  44. Roy always brought joy and laughter wherever he was. I loved his sense of humour…he will be greatly missed.

    Our deepest condolences to his family. God bless!

  45. Very sorry to hear of Roy’s illness and passing. Many, many great days and nights with Roy and the crew on the PlowTrain. Our condolences to Roy’s family.
    Bill Bateman

  46. Lisa Merritt
    My condolences to the Sutherland family. I’ll always remember Roy’s smile and laugh. RIP Roy.

  47. We are so sorry for your great loss, my sister Deb. We so enjoyed the times we spent with you and Roy, and we will miss him. Our deep condolences to all his family.
    Shellie & Aleks

  48. Deepest sympathy to the Sutherland family. So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. He will be greatly missed.

  49. We are heartbroken over the passing of Roy. Such a kind person and wonderful father to Jayme Leigh and Joel, Derek and Cassie, and a loving grandfather to Aly and Brennan who we share as our grandchildren. We will miss your pleasant ways and generosity at the family functions. We have great memories of our times together,birthdays,wedding of our children, births of our grandchildren, and all the celebrations that were so special to you and us.. RIP Roy, we will never forget you or that laugh.

  50. Roy our friend our party animal we will miss your laugh and smarty pants remarks. We will miss you so much that we cannot explain the hole you left in our heart.Derek and Jayme -Leigh and all family members our heart goes out to you for your loss Hopefully when this Covid is over we can get together and give you the hugs you so deserve.RIP Roy we will always remember you Love your friends Isi and Reggie

  51. My sympathy to Roy’s family on his passing . I knew Roy from a young age, always had that laugh herd from a mile away . He was a great friend growing up .

  52. Words can’t describe how sorry I am for your loss. Deb & Sutherland family, my heart goes out to you all.

  53. Shocked to hear of Roy’s passing, my condolences to the Sutherland family. Not sure who’s turn it was for the Joe ,Joe/Roy ,Roy the dog face boy chant we would shout out when we would meet.

  54. Sincere condolences to Roy’s loved ones.
    Years ago I played Monday night volleyball with Roy.
    Roy was always smiling and a very kind man!
    God bless you with comfort now and in future times.
    Margaret Kielstra-Newby.

  55. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this time. We both worked with Roy at the Bell for many years….

  56. Our deepest Sympathy to Roy’s family. He was a wonderful man- always smiling and laughing.
    So much fun to have him around at the ball park , very supportive and encouraging.
    He will be truly missed and fondly remembered.

  57. My thoughts and prayers are with all of Roy’s loved ones. Had the pleasure of working with Roy just prior to his retirement. He was always a bright spot in my day. Cherish all the memories.

  58. Our deepest sympathy on the passing of Roy. He was an usher at our wedding many years ago. A great person to have known. Mike and Andrea McDonald

  59. All our best to your family at this time till we meet again and hey I will bring the cards.

  60. I’m so sorry Deb for your loss. My sincere condolences to Roy’s family. Prayers and God bless.

  61. To Roys’ children and his special friend Deb we are so sorry to here of the passing of Roy.We knew Roy for a lot of years and had many laughs at bowling. Thinking of you at this difficult time. Terry and Elaine Wells and Linda and Isi Fleury.

  62. So sorry to hear of Roy’s passing. We went to high school together and I always called him Roy Boy! Loved his laugh and always had a chuckle any time that I saw him. Big hugs to his family and friends. Lynn Smith

  63. Larry and I send our deepest sympathy to the Sutherland family – especially to Roy’s sister Linda and her husband John. Hoping that memories of good times will bring you peace as you grieve Roy’s passing.

  64. Deepest sympathies. I haven’t seen Roy in several years but he was always so happy and ready with laughter. Such a sad loss.

  65. Our deepest condolences from Chico and Marie from Woodstock
    It’s been awhile of communicating and I wish wellness for Roy’s family and the people around you

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