New name to be added to Sunny Brae memorial

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Another name is being added to those already listed at the Sunny Brae Veterans Memorial.

Second World War veteran John Sutherland will be honoured on November 11 at the annual Remembrance Day service that will start at 2 p.m. at the memorial.

Sutherland was born in Sunny Brae on March 5, 1920. His parents were from Denver, Guys Co.

He started school in Bridgeville before moving to Lochaber, Anti. Co., where he spent his teenage years.

He served in the Second World War with a transport unit before joining the West Nova Scotia Regiment and joining the Allied invasion of Italy.

Sutherland wrote an essay in 1995 recounting his wartime exploits that included passage with the U.S. Navy from Italy to southern France, moving north through the country before two weeks of rest in England.

“That was something out of (this) world as we had all been in Italy a year and 10 months by this time and never had a leave,” he wrote.

He rejoined his regiment as all the Canadian troops in Europe were combined for the liberation of The Netherlands. After returning from overseas, he worked in Nova Scotia, Quebec, Ontario and Alberta.

He was eventually sent back to Nova Scotia and landed in the early evening in Halifax on October 1, 1945.

“Halifax never looked so good as it did that night,” he wrote.

Upon retirement, he and his wife Mary moved to Oliver, B.C. He passed away there on July 4, 2003 at the age of 81.

He is survived by his wife Mary, daughter Barbara, as well as stepsons and stepdaughters. His sister Peggy MacPherson resides in Plymouth.

Warden Robert Parker will be the guest speaker at the service that will also feature piper Madelyn Evans, the laying of wreaths and pinning poppies to the poppy tree. Steve MacDonald will share the names of the veterans from the First and Second World wars that appear on the memorial. Lunch will follow the service at the I.O.O.F. Hall in Sunny Brae.