Lewis Ross Sutherland

August 05, 1949 - April 26, 2024


Obituary For Lewis Ross Sutherland

Ross "Sam" Sutherland a resident of the Dimsdale area passed away on Friday April 26, 2024, at the age of 74 years.

Ross was born on August 5, 1949 in Grande Prairie, AB. He was the youngest of twelve children born to Helen and Seath Sutherland. Ross attended school first at Wapiti School then in Wembley and Grande Prairie. After graduation, he ventured to Calgary to begin his career in the geophysical industry. He worked as Observer on seismic crews in the Artic region and western Canada. This training lead him to quality control work in the industry, which had him travelling throughout Canada and internationally in such countries as Peru, Bolivia, Argentina, Venezuela and China.

Ross also did some entrepreneurial work as a partner in Dimsdale Developments and Calympic Explorations in Alberta. He also grain farmed, raised a few red waddle pigs and currently was involved in bison ranching.

Ross was engaged in his community. He decided to enter politics and run for County Council. He became the proud representative of Division 4. While on Council he spent time on many boards, including Evergreen Park and the Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum where he worked tirelessly to see the growth of the museum. Prior to his time on County Council he was passionate about assisting in the foundation and expansion of the Grande Prairie Stompede.

He was a long-time collector of Massey Harris antique farm equipment, meeting like-minded lifelong friends along the way. In retirement he enjoyed playing cards with his buddies.

He is survived by his wife Shirley; sisters Ruth, Myret (Jack) and Anne (Gord); many nieces and nephews and their families along with a large circle of friends.

He was predeceased by his parents Helen and Seath; five brothers: John, Max, Jim, Hugh and Brian; and three sisters Shirley, Joan and Laverne.

A Celebration of Life will be held on Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 2:00 P.M. at Clarkson Hall, (Evergreen Park).

In lieu of flowers, Memorial donations may be made to the Phillip J. Currie Dinosaur Museum, (9301-112 Avenue, Wembley AB TOH 3S0;

E-transfer Donations can be made or

Alberta Diabetes Foundation, (1-020 Li Ka Shing Centre, University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB TSG 2El), or a charity of one's choice.

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  • June 04, 2024

    I went to go visit Uncle Sam the summer I was 11 with my Grandma Myret. We drove up from Calgary, many years have passed but this is a fond memory.

  • May 10, 2024

    So sorry to hear of Sam's passing! My sympathy to Shirley and family💔

  • May 08, 2024

    I always loved it when Sam came to Calgary to visit Myret and Jack. There would always be great stories to be heard. Flora Fioritti-Irwin

  • May 06, 2024

    Don & I extend heartfelt sympathy to You. Don't know as Sam was ever considered an uncle by us as he was just another member of our Max Sutherland family, ie Dad's littlest brother, Murray's buddy, & later Don's friend. I have yet to hear of all the shenanigans they 'may' have gotten into way back when.... the ones I do recollect, invariably leave me laughing & shaking my head!! many years passed by.. when Ross was elected to Grande Prairie County council, it was our good fortune to get reacquainted & have since had the opportunity to get to know Ross in other capacity's. Whether he be named Ross, Sam or Uncle, we feel he exemplifies so very many qualities of excellence within mankind & of course for me : the Sutherland clan 🙂 Again, our sincere sympathies

  • May 04, 2024

    So sorry for your loss. Sam was a friendly and soft spoken man and a pillar of our community. We enjoyed dealing with him when he was our counsellor. He will be missed. - Wade and Dorine Evans


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