Robert “Bob” Wilson Sutherland went to be with his Lord, peacefully during his sleep, at Village at Mill Creek, November 7, 2016, in Kelowna, BC at the age of 88 yrs old.
Bob is survived by his sweetheart, Shirley, whom he married June 15, 1957 and had 60 wonderful years together. His children Joy (& Steve, Tyrell, Rylan) Cox of Kelowna, BC; Vance (& Wendy, Naomi, Matthew & Abi, Elyse, Joelle) Sutherland of St.Vincent/Grenadines and Val (& James, Jesiah, Mahaelee) Wedel of Calgary, AB. His sister Ruth Rieger of Grande Prairie AB and many extended family.
His parents, Bill & Georgina Sutherland, oldest son, Robert Bruce Sutherland (2011) and many friends and family greeted him upon his heavenly arrival.
Bob was born December 21, 1927 in High Prairie, AB. After finishing schooling, he went on to further education at Peace River Bible School in Sexsmith, AB. He also graduated from Shaughnessy Hospital as a nursing orderly after he was married. Bob and his family moved to Terrace, BC, in January 1969 where he worked at Mills Memorial Hospital till he retired in 1992. They attended and served faithfully with the Terrace Alliance Church till they moved to Kelowna in 1996 and then made Mission Creek Alliance their home church.
Bob took great delight in many things: gardening, both flower and vegetable, canning, making jam, camping, playing phase 10 just to name a few. He was very good natured, loved to laugh and was always up for a practical joke with a twinkle in his eye.
Above all, Bob’s faith was most important, where he came to know the Lord at the age of 12. He loved to support and pray for many missionaries over the years. In a handwritten note, he left a reminder for us all to Rejoice! That he is alive, complete in Christ and now face to face with Jesus. Even in the end, through pain and confusion, he fervently and repeatedly prayed Jesus’ name out loud and mentioned people by name.
There will be a memorial service on Thursday, November 10, 2016 at 2pm at Mission Creek Alliance Church, 2091 Springfield Rd, Kelowna BC. In lieu of flowers, any donations can be made to Child Evangelism Fellowship of Canada, designated to the ministry of Vance and Wendy Sutherland. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting www.everdenrust.com 250-860-6440