Alan James Sutherland

Born in Lower Hutt on 26 October 1948
Passed away in Masterton on 27 August 2021
Aged 72 years
Much loved husband of Alison for 51 years.Beloved father of Amanda Smee, Jason Sutherland and Sloanadene Campbell.Cherished ‘Grumpy’ of Ale... Read more
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Alison,
We are so sorry to hear of the sudden loss of your beloved husband, Alan.

We know how much support Alan gave over the years to the rescue and preservation of the Arapawa Island goats. As you have said, Alan was the rock. We want to say thank you for his unwavering support for both you and the work to secure the future for this important heritage breed.

Please accept the condolences of the Rare Breeds members and National Committee, and know we are thinking of you and your family during this sad time.

Aaron La Roche - President
Rare Breeds Conservation Society of NZ Inc
Jo Buckner - Vice-President / Registrar lit a candle for Alan James Sutherland
Thinking of you all at this very sad time. Our whole family - including, and most importantly Laurie, who shared such formative years & memories alongside Alan - will remember with love and smiles the big presence that he brought, and the joy of life that we could see & feel emanating from him. A special part of our family, who will be missed. Our thoughts & prayers are with you all.
Phyllis Holden & family lit a candle for Alan James Sutherland
Dear Sutherland family and extended whanau, much aroha to you all in this sad time particularly to Alison, Mandy, Jason and Sloanie. Although Alan as a mighty Totara has fallen his love and shelter will be cherished through the seedlings sown in his life and will continue to grow and thrive in the sunshine which is the memory of him...
Arohanui
Stacey
Stacey Perkins lit a candle for Alan James Sutherland
Hi Alison.

I can't begin to understand what you are going through right now, please know that Miles and I are thinking of you. Alan was my father in law, but more than that he was a great friend to me. Although we did not have a lot in common, we managed to get along just fine. That's because he was such a lovely person, he was always willing to see how I was going and he was genuinely interested. You and Alan made me feel like I was part of the family straight away and I really appreciated that.

I'll always remember the good times I had with Alan, helping out on the farm or in the shed, talking about the motor cycling adventures he had been on, and drinking a beer or 5 after a day of spending time with the grandkids.

Alan showed me how I could be great father simply by spending time with my kids and being kind and patient with them. He was, and will continue to be, a great example of how to be an awesome dad.

Grumpy was a great grandfather. He made me feel happy and safe around him. I will remember the good times we had together, teaching me how to cut pieces of wood into pieces, how to look after the animals on the farm and I'll miss him a lot.

Please know that Miles and I will always be here for you.

Mike and Miles
Mike Campbell lit a candle for Alan James Sutherland
I only met Alan a few times, but I always found him warm and approachable. I especially cherish the time I spent at Alan and Alison's home just outside of Masterton. Alan and Alison were wonderful hosts, they took me on a tour of their farmlet, let me feed some animals, and their jug was always on for a warm cuppa and a good yarn. It was such a shock and I am so saddened to hear of Alan's passing, particularly for his family at these saddest of times. My heart goes out to the entire Sutherland Clan xxx. I hope one day soon we can all come together and pay our respects for this great man.
Leisanne Fraser lit a candle for Alan James Sutherland
Dear Grumpy.
You where the nicest and the most thoughtful person I’ve met, you always pushed us all to be the best of our capabilities and to be the best person we could be to others. You showed me the way to motorcycles and I haven’t looked back yet, ever since I was young I’ve always wanted to be on a big Harley just like you and dad, that was my dream. I’m just sorry that you won’t be able to be here to see it, you watched me grow up into the young man I am today grumps and I just wish that I’ve made you proud. You’ve taught all the grandkids so many life lessons and we are all very grateful for you and Grans time you’ve put into us over the years and what great years they where. From shooting my first gun, riding around on the quads, going for afternoon swims in the pool to even waking up early to go to the farm. Those where the best just having that one on one time with you. Those are the times I will miss the most, I will love you forever grumpy and I will push myself everyday to be the man you taught me to be.
Michael Sutherland lit a candle for Alan James Sutherland
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