It is with great sadness we announce the passing of our sister, aunt and friend, Elizabeth “Lil” Sutherland at Queen Victoria Hospital on Tuesday, October 22 nd, 2019 at the age of 70 years. Mass of Christian Burial will take place at St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, Revelstoke on Wednesday, October 30 th, at 11:00 a.m. with Father Cecil Nunez celebrant. A tea will follow in the Catholic Church Hall. Interment of Lil’s cremated remains will take place in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia at a later date. Honorary Pallbearers are Steven Sleeman, Peter Sutherland, Jeffrey Sutherland, Dillon White, Jason White, Kyle Sutherland and Adam Fujino. In lieu of flowers, please give to the charity of your choice in memory of Lil. There will be no visitation at Lil’s request.
Lil was born on July 12, 1949 at Soldiers Cove, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Agnes (MacDonald) Sutherland. She was a nanny most of her life and cared for children too numerous to mention. She had a great memory, and could name all the children she cared for, and all the people she met along the way. If you needed to know someone, just ask Lil.
Lil moved to Revelstoke, B.C. 34 years ago and made Revelstoke her home. She was a devoted Catholic and a member of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church. Lil donated many hours at the church hall helping at events and behind the scenes preparing for events. She was always there for anyone who needed a helping hand and would change her own plans to accommodate others. She loved to walk, and spent endless time walking around town, chatting with people along the way, and visiting those who lived alone. Her love for her family was endless and has proven that many times over.
She would drop whatever she was doing to come to help. She loved a good cup of strong tea, and just sitting and relaxing, chatting about back home. Lil was known for her tasty fish cakes and although she gave out her recipe, there was no matching the taste of Auntie Lil’s fish cakes. Lil loved Cape Breton music, and when you walked through her door, you could dance a jig from the music inside. She loved to laugh, and within minutes of visiting with her, you were bending over with laughter. She was Auntie Lil to us all, and we will forever hold her in our hearts.
Lil was predeceased by her parents Lawrence and Agnes Sutherland, her infant brother Michael and her infant nephew Joseph White. We who are left behind with heavy hearts and memories of Lil are: her brothers: Les (Linda) of Revelstoke, Michael (Mary) of Revelstoke, Pat (Maureen) of Howie Center, Cape Breton and Allan (Terry) of Revelstoke; sisters: Martha (Peter) Sleeman of Richmond, B.C., Jessie (Raymond) White of Ft. McMurray, Alberta, Margaret (Austin) Martell of Soldiers Cove, Cape Breton, Laura (Hughie) MacMillan of St. Andrews, Nova Scotia as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
A special thank you to Jeffrey, Heather and Lisa for your endless love for Auntie Lil, and the continued support you gave to her when she needed it most. She was so very proud of you. Thank you to Norman, Diane, Laura, Cheryl and Adam for being Lil’s second family and for your kindness and love for Lil over the years.
A special thank you to Dr. Jarmula who was there for us in a very difficult time. Your kindness and support was greatly appreciated. Thank you also to the nurses who provided excellent nursing care, and to the staff of Moberly Manor where Lil was treated like family.
Cremation arrangements are in the care of Brandon Bowers Funeral Home, Revelstoke, B.C.