George Beattie Sutherland, 82, of Gainesville, passed away Tuesday, July 17, 2018.
He was born December 7, 1935, in Warrenton, to the late David and Gladys Sutherland 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 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 the Virginia Department of Transportation 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 ER Coupe, 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.
Survivors include his daughter, Dr. Meg Sutherland-Smith; his sons, Dr. George B. Sutherland Jr. and Christopher M. Sutherland; a stepdaughter, Cindy L. Herringdon; his identical twin, David H. Sutherland; two sisters, Jane E. Sutherland and Carolyn S. Norgren, and a granddaughter, Isabelle S. Sutherland.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Barbara Crawford Sutherland; a stepson, Thomas “Buddy” Herringdon, and more recently by Mary Lou Brooks, his wife from a later marriage.
A celebration of his life service will take place at 11 a.m. Saturday, August 11, at Moser Funeral Home in Warrenton. Interment will be private.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.
Online condolences may be offered at www.moserfuneralhome.com