Sutherland, Leslie Edward

February 17, 1948 ~ October 21, 2020

With deeply saddened hearts, the family of Leslie Sutherland of Mooretown announces his peaceful passing at home, after a brief illness, on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 at the age of 72. Beloved husband of Alice May for 53 years. Cherished dad to Cheri (Kevin) Helps and Chad Sutherland. Proud and loving grandpa to Travis and Emily Helps and Zachary and Jordyn Sutherland. Predeceased by his parents, Don (1985) and Helen (2000) Sutherland, his brother Earl (1977) Sutherland and his father and mother in law, Arnold (1979) and Eva (2018) Robbins. Les was born in Springhill, NS, moving to Ontario with his family at the age of 7, growing up at the family owned gas station at the corner of Kimball Road and Petrolia Line. Les was a welder by trade, owning his own business and was a member of the UA Local 663. From a young age, he mastered his welding trade, his woodworking hobby and his knowledge of cars and boats. He never backed down from a project, the more challenging, the better. He enjoyed tinkering at the farm, spending time on the water in his boat or on his jet ski, taking a drive in his Corvette, or creating a masterpiece in his woodworking shop. He was an avid spectator and supporter in all of his children’s and grandchildren’s extracurricular and sporting activities. He enjoyed his many travels across Canada and the USA. Much time was spent in many Caribbean countries during the winter months, especially enjoying his time in Barbados, and sailing on the tall ships. Words cannot describe how truly missed Les will be by his family and friends. For those who knew and loved Les, our hearts are truly broken now, but we hope our grief will be comforted with the memories. Above all else, he loved and treasured his time with his family. A sincere thank you to Dr. Clifford and the VON Home Care Team for their care.

Funeral Visitation
Family and friends will be received at STEADMAN BROTHERS FUNERAL HOME, BRIGDEN on Friday, October 23, 2020. Due to Provincial COVID-19 restrictions, those who wish to attend must each RSVP with a time to attend the visitation:

Graveside Service
A private family graveside will take place at Bear Creek cemetery.

Sympathy may be expressed through donations to St. Joseph’s Hospice ( or charity of choice.

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  1. Alice May, Cheri and Chad;

    I was saddened to hear of the passing of your husband and father. I have many happy memories of him through the church and the community. He will be missed. Hold him close in your heart.

  2. Alice
    So Sorry to hear of Les’ passing. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    The Homecraft Division of the Moore Agricultural Society

  3. Alice May & Family
    We were so saddened to hear about Les passing away. You and family will be in our thoughts and prayers in the days ahead as you go through this difficult time.May God give you much comfort and peace as you remember your good times together.
    Love Carol and Bob. 💕

  4. So sorry to hear of Les’ passing. Just heard yesterday. Will be donating to VON SArnia in his memory. God bless you & your family.

  5. Alice May, Cheri & Kev, Chad, and all the g-kids sorry to hear about Les’s passing. Definitely have a lot of memories of causing trouble on the 6th Line, and even more great times on the river. Memories I cherish to this day. You are all in our thoughts, Al & Alyson

  6. Alice May, Cheri, Chad and family, our sincere condolences. The world certainly lost one of the good guys this week. His smile, his laugh will be missed. Cherish all the wonderful memories, stories, fun times and adventures shared with him and may those memories help you through this difficult time. Thoughts a d prayers to all. Gord & Mary Ann

  7. Alice May, Cheri, Chad, and families. 50 years of friendship ended way to soon. Les’s legacy will last for a very long time, as the stories and laughter over some of the stunts we pulled will be forever in our hearts and minds. RIP old buddy.
    Paul and Beth Aicken

  8. Alice May & family, so sadden to hear that Les has passed away. Many memories of spending time down river with our friends and seeing you and Les. We hope that those special memories bring you comfort. In our thoughts, Karen & Mike McClung

  9. Alice May and family: So many memories from the Kimball Road 6th line times . Les was good and kind man and truly will be a loss to this community. We will remember him with awe at his accomplishments and joy at his love of life and his family.

  10. Alice May, Cheri, Chad, Kevin and Family
    We are so sorry to read about Les’s passing. He was a great guy. He will be missed by all who knew him.
    Warm condolences to all of you.

  11. Please except our condolences with the passing of your dad. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time.

  12. So sad to hear of Les”s passing. He was a super friend, Loved all the great times we had with Les and you and your family. He will be sadly missed, Will keep you Alice May, Cheri and Chad and their families in my thoughts and prayers.With love Joyce

  13. Alicemay Diana and I send our deepest condolences. He will be missed by us for sure we definitely remember all the good times .and he was one of a kind for sure

  14. AliceMay and Family
    My thoughts and prayers are with you during this difficult time. What a shock for all of you! I’m sure all those wonderful memories you have of Les will remain in your hearts forever.

  15. Alice May & family
    So sorry to read of Les’ passing. He was such a friendly guy & so talented. Hold tight to your memories, I’m sure you all have many happy ones of your good times together. Marie Sheppard

  16. Alice May and family so sorry for your loss I so enjoyed working with Les over many years
    and the friend ship we shared throughout the year,s during and since.

  17. Alice May, Cheri, Chad and family, We extend our sympathies and virtual embraces to you upon the death of Les. I have so many great memories from 50+ years ago. Les was so talented with his hands and a person of such goodwill among others. The world is richer because of him. I hope that your memories and the love he extended will sustain you through these days and be always close to your hearts! Blessings, Ross and Jean Leckie, Georgetown

  18. Alice May: Our hearts go out to you and your family. Les was a lovely person and a true gentleman.

  19. Alice May and family , Don and I would like to send our condolences to you at this very sad time.
    Our thoughts and prayers go out to you.
    Don and Linda Gordon

  20. Our sympathies to Alice May, Chad and the rest of the family. Les was a great role model and mentor for me. I respected him immensely and will always remember him with great affection.

  21. Alice May, Chad, Kevin & Cherie

    Condolences on the passing of Les, a brilliant and well respected man, he will be missed.

    Jeff Beth Hackett

  22. Dear AliceMay, Cherie, Chad and family: We, along with so many others mourn the passing of this wonderful man. His big smile was always so warm and welcoming. He was an amazing source of information, skill and talent which he shared freely. God speed Les, sail on pain free. We will miss him in our lives.

  23. Alice May and Family.
    I am so very sorry about the passing of Les.
    Alice May I have know Les since we were in High School and he was and is the Love of your Life. Standing up with you two when you got married was so much fun. Even though we haven’t seen each other a lot over the years our friendship has stayed stolid. I am deeply saddened for all of you.

  24. Sutherland families

    So sorry to hear about Les. He was a true craftsman and certainly a major building block for Tecumseh Gas. Working with Les was always a learning experience and his knowledge will go unmatched.
    Rest In Peace my friend

  25. Dear Alice May, Chad, Cheri and family,
    We were so sorry to hear of Les’ passing. I worked with Les at Tecumseh (Enbridge) for several years. He was truly one of the best. He was my mentor when I decided to leave accounting to supervise the warehouse. I learned so much from him. Always a gentleman and that laugh was so infectious.
    May your heart be filled with fond memories of Les that will guide you through this difficult time.
    Rest In Peace Les.

  26. AliceMay,Cheri,Chad & Families
    Our hearts are aching for you All. Les was One of the Best and will be missed desperately…
    Our thoughts and prayers are with you All at this most difficult time.❤️

  27. Les..U were one of the best..our friend forever, one we could lean on in in bad times & engage in the fun times…so sad that this covid robbed us of so much..
    Till we meet again our friend…

  28. To the Sutherland Families
    When we lose someone we love, we can either die with them or live on to celebrate their amazing life.Les was a great guy and will be missed.He created a lot of treasured memories for you to cherish in the days ahead.
    Words seem inadequate to express my smpathy at this time of sorrow but know that I send my condolences and love to all the family.
    Shirley Cook 💖

  29. So sorry to hear about Les’s passing. Grateful that the family was able to be with him. My thoughts are with Alice May, the family, and the many friends that are grieving at this time. Sending love and prayers to his family. God speed, Les.

  30. Alice May, Cheri, Chad and families
    Les truly was a remarkable man. May his memories be cherished and guide you through this difficult time. He will be remembered as an icon of the St. Clair River and b e missed by all

  31. Our sincere condolences to the Sutherland Family at this sad time.
    Our thoughts are with you all.
    Hugs to you Jordyn 😘❤️