George Beattie Sutherland, age 82, passed on Tuesday, July 17th, 2018 in Gainesville, Virginia. George Sutherland, son of the late, David & Gladys Sutherlamd, was born on December 7th, 1935 in Warrenton, Virginia and grew up on an Angus cattle farm.
George graduated from Warrenton High School in 1954 and went to work for C&P Telephone Co. in the Warrenton, VA office. He enlisted in the Army in 1958, received training in electronics, and spent two years at an Army air force base in Echterdingen, Germany repairing directional finding equipment in airplanes. After his time in the service, he returned to work for C&P in Leesburg and then moved to their engineering department in Richmond. While working for C&P, George volunteered his time repairing talking books for the blind through his involvement with the Telephone Company Pioneers After retirement from C&P, he worked at VDOT in Fairfax to facilitate the timing of stoplights. Throughout his life he spent many weekends with his brother Dave helping his mom and dad on their farm in Opal with the cattle and sheep. His interests were many. He enjoyed working on old cars at the farm, flying his Ercoupe, fishing and boating with his sons off the South Carolina coast, and vacationing with friends and family at Virginia Beach. In addition, he loved making people laugh and was known by many as “Bucket”, “LB”, and “Rosie”. George succumbed to Alzheimer’s Disease and finally is at peace with his Lord. He was a devoted father, stepdad, and grandfather and will be missed by all those whose lives he has touched.
George is survived by his daughter, Dr. Meg Sutherland-Smith and sons, Dr. George B. Sutherland, Jr. and Christopher M. Sutherland as well as a stepdaughter, Cindy L. Herringdon. He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Crawford Sutherland and a stepson, Thomas (Buddy) Herringdon and more recently by Mary Lou Brooks, his wife from a later marriage. He is also survived by his identical twin brother, David H. Sutherland, two sisters, Jane E. Sutherland, and Carolyn S. Norgren, and a granddaughter, Isabelle S. Sutherland.
A Celebration of his Life Service will be held at Moser Funeral Home, 233 Broadview Ave, Warrenton, VA, on Saturday, August 11th, 2018 at 11 am. Interment private.
Donations in honor of George can be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
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