John W. Sutherland

October 22, 2017

John W. Sutherland
U.S. Veteran

US Marine Corps

Vietnam War Veteran

JOHN WILLIAM SUTHERLAND – Retired Woburn Fire Lieutenant, 68, died peacefully, October 22nd, at Hyder Hospice in Dover, NH with his family by his side. He is lovingly survived by his life partner, Sandra Wing of Kittery, ME. Beloved father of Sean Sutherland and wife Jeanne of NC, Laurie Istwany and husband Basil of VA, and Tracy Wing Hornig and husband Timothy of PA. Loving grandfather of Baxter, Quinten, Troy, Cadence, Gabrielle and Justin and great-grandfather to Jude. Dear brother of Joseph Sutherland and wife Theresa of Marlboro, MA and George Getty and wife Anna of Stoneham, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues and friends. Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, Oct. 25th, at 9:30 a.m. with his Funeral service to follow in the funeral home at 10 a.m. Burial and full Military Honors in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours, Tuesday, 3-7 p.m. Donations may be made in John’s memory to the The First Tee of Massachusetts 300 Arnold Palmer Blvd., Norton, MA, 02766 or to Foster Skills 21 Cummings Park Ste 270, Woburn, MA 01801. For more information please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com

OBITUARY

John William Sutherland, 68, Retired Woburn Fire Department Lieutenant and part-time resident of Kittery, ME, 68, died peacefully, October 22, 2017, at Hyder House Hospice in Dover, NH, with his loving family by his side.

Born in Boston, John was the son of the late George and Cecilia (Brennan) Getty. He was raised and educated in Woburn and a graduate of Woburn High School.

John served his country proudly as part of the US Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, until being honorably discharged.

For more than 35 years, John dedicated his life to the City of Woburn as part of the Fire Department, retiring as Lieutenant. Being a Fire Fighter was a career John was extremely proud of and he looked forward to mentoring new recruits.

John was an avid and talented golfer and even collected and sold golf balls. He was a member of the Woburn Country Club, Cocheco Country Club in New Hampshire and Long Meadow Golf Club in Lowell. John had a colorful and vibrant personality and style, and won best dressed Golfer one year at Woburn Country Club, as well as earning himself several hole-in-ones, of which he was extremely proud.

John was an exceptionally supportive father and grandfather. He started his life with nothing and worked hard so that he could set his family up to succeed, a wish that was accomplished. He had a gruff exterior but was extremely loving, forgiving and patient, and will be truly missed by all those who had the pleasure of knowing him.

John is survived and will be deeply missed by his life partner, Sandra Wing of Kittery, ME; his two children, Sean Sutherland and wife Jeanne of NC, Laurie Istwany and husband Basil of VA; step-daughter, Tracy Wing Hornig and husband Timothy of PA; six cherished grandchildren, Baxter, Quinten, Troy, Cadence, Gabrielle and Justin; great-grandson Jude; two brothers Joseph Sutherland and wife Theresa of Marlboro, MA and George Getty and wife Anna of Stoneham, as well as several nieces, nephews, cousins, colleagues, friends and his beloved cats, Riley, Tessa and the late Sapphire.

The family would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of the nurses and staff at the Hyder Hospice House, for all the love, compassion and care they shown to John and his family during his time there.

Funeral from the Lynch-Cantillon Funeral Home, 263 Main Street, Woburn, on Wednesday, Oct. 25th, at 9:30 a.m. with his Funeral Service to follow in the Funeral Home at 10 a.m. Burial and full Military Honors in Woodbrook Cemetery, Woburn. Calling hours are Tuesday, October 24th from 3-7 p.m. Donations may be made in John’s memory to the The First Tee of Massachusetts 300 Arnold Palmer Blvd., Norton, MA, 02766 or to Foster Skills 21 Cummings Park Ste 270, Woburn, MA 01801. For more information please visit www.lynch-cantillon.com

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  1. RIP John – we were together in Boot Camp and we did have some fun – semper fi Don Snyder Plt 315, April 1969

  2. Dear Sandy, Sean & Laurie,

    This is the story I would like to have told at Johnnie’s services.

    Johnnie and his siblings were dear childhood friends of ours growing up in East Woburn. Johnnie would be the first to tell you that he practically lived at our house. My mother truly loved him like one of her own. We were curious, adventurous and sometimes mischievous kids back then. But we stuck together and looked out for one another. Our lives were much like those of the kids in the movie Stand By Me.

    One memory that came to mind at Johnnie’s funeral:

    On summer evenings the whole gang would walk to the Unicorn Golf course & swim in the water hazards to collect golf balls. We had no fear of the bats flying over head or leeches in the water. We’d dive for balls until in was pitch dark. We’d clean those balls up & the next day we’d go back to the course to sell them to the golfers. My heart warmed to hear at Johnnie’s funeral that he continued this tradition into adulthood. Our goal back then was to make enough money for the whole gang to go to the Saturday matinee at the Strand Theater. (25 cents each!) Times were tough & money was tight but we found ways to have lots of amazing adventures together.

    As the years went by we all grew up and drifted apart but our bonds, our love for one another and our memories remained intact. My mother stayed in East Woburn all her life. She kept track of Johnnie and made a point to tell us any news she heard about him. “Johnnie got on the Fire Department!” “Johnnie made Lieutenant!” We all took great pride in hearing of his accomplishments over the years.

    In 2004, my mother, Marie, suffered a major stroke while gardening. My brother Timmy found her lying helpless and terrified among the flowers in her back yard. Although she was awake and aware, she was unable to move or speak. Timmy called 911. The first person through the door that day was Johnnie!

    When my mother looked up and saw him standing there in his uniform, Timmy said her eyes brightened and a calmness settled over her. She knew she was safe. Here was the man she had loved and taken care of as a boy. Now he would take loving care of her.

    Thank you dear friend. I will always be grateful to have known you and whenever I think of you, I will smile and remember you with great pride.

    Love,
    Leslie (Connor)

  3. Sandy, Sean, Laurie and Family
    Please accept our sincerest condolences. John will truly be missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
    Hub and Robin Cogan

  4. Sandy, Sean, Laurie & family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. The ones we love are never gone but live within our hearts. May you know peace and comfort.

    God bless,

    Charlie & Sandy Culhane

  5. Sandy & family & John’s family. So very sorry for your loss. John was a wonderful person. Love to all. Mary

  6. A lot of years have passed but I still remember those days. RIP, John. Prayers are with your family at this time.

    Helen Borelli

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