James M Sutherland Jr., 95, of Brewster, MA passed away at his home on Wednesday, July 10, 2019 with his wife and family members by his side. Jim was the beloved husband of Marie T. (Cahoon) Sutherland. They lived in Beverly, MA before relocating to Cape Cod in 1987.
Jim was born in Stoneham, MA on January 11, 1924 to the late James & Martha Sutherland. He graduated from Melrose High in 1942 before serving active duty in the US Marines in WW II. Having served his country he went on to graduate from Brown University in Providence, RI with a BS in Business in 1951. During his college years, Jim was the Captain of the Brown Hockey Team and led the Bears to the National Finals of the collegiate Hockey Championships and was later named to the Brown Alumni Hall of Fame for his contributions to the Bears. He loved all sports, especially hockey and football.
Jim was a sporting goods sales representative traveling the Northeast Region for most of his adult life while bringing up his growing family of 7 children. He served many years coaching Beverly Youth Hockey Teams. Having enjoyed over 30 years of summer Cape Cod family vacations on Sheep Pond, Jim and Marie made Brewster their primary home and actively participated in Our Lady of the Cape Parish ministries prior to his declining health.
Jim was the patriarch of the family and is survived by his wife of 72 years and his children: Jeanne Michael of Wakefield, Joanie Sutherland of Brewster, John Sutherland and Susan Spear of Salem, Judy Sutherland of Dennisport, Janet Rallo and her husband Paul of Danvers, J Michael Sutherland and his wife Rayelle of Beverly, and his daughter-in-law Candy Sutherland, wife of pre-deceased son, Tripp Sutherland of Vernon, CT. and numerous nieces and nephews. Jim leaves a legacy of four generations including 12 grandchildren and 22 great grandchildren and was affectionately known as ‘Big Grampa’ to all. He will be fondly remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather to the Sutherland Clan with a kind and gentle heart full of love and goodness for others.
A Celebration of Life Funeral Mass will be held on Tuesday, July 16 at 11 am at Our Lady of the Cape Church in Brewster. Burial services will be private.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Our Lady of the Cape Parish Memorial Fund. .