OBITUARY: Stanley George Sutherland. 1931-2018

Published Saffron Walden Historical Journal No 36 (2018)

On Wednesday 18 July 2018 family and friends, including a strong representation from Essex Society for Family History, attended the funeral of “Stan” Sutherland at Radwinter Church, a place that he knew well with over 40 years residency in the village. Possibly many of those present would be unaware that Stan had single-handedly undertaken the transcribing of baptisms, marriages & burials from Radwinter Church Registers between 1813 and 2004.

Stan Sutherland was the founding Chairman of the Saffron Walden (North West) Branch of the ESFH in 1986 and for many years he and his wife Joan regularly attended the Chelmsford meetings. He also served on the Executive in his role of Branch Chairman. He was a genealogy encyclopaedia, inspiring so many people to take up the hobby with his introductory courses. He gave talks on numerous aspects of family history, both locally as well as in Scotland and instigated several initiatives for Saffron Walden Branch, including the transcription process for Saffron Walden Cemetery.

He was a friendly, active and enthusiastic member with a wicked sense of humour and always there to welcome people to the meetings and rope them into a job if he could. He undertook the role of quiz master for his well-established brain teasing quizzes at the Christmas meetings. For over 30 years Stan remained as a Branch committee member, even after handing over the reins of the Branch library and moving to Great Easton. He continued to attend meetings right up to March 2018 before ill health set in. Stan will be greatly missed by all who knew him. 

Mike Furlong

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