Laura (Elvira) Sutherland, nee Belluz, passed away Friday, June 11, 2010 at the age of 89 following a long battle with vascular dementia.
She was predeceased by her busband, Keith.
A clever, kind, generous, and industrious woman, and a supportive and loving mother, her passing is mourned by her five children, John (Sarnia, Ont.), Barbara (Parksville, B.C.), Gord and Brian (Oakville, Ont.), and Penny (Midland, Ont.); their spouses, Wendy, George, Lee, and Vivian; her grandchildren, Christopher, Andrea (Scott), Kara, Adam, Paul, Keith, Nathan (Rachel), Giles (Ashley) Andrew, Mackenzie and Alexandra, and Erin and Emily; as well as great-granddaughter, Emma.
Born in Bassano Del Grappa, Italy, Laura lived much of her life in For Frances, Ont., where she and Keith, her husband of 65 years, were respected small business entrepreneurs and active members in their respective churches and volunteers in many community projects.
Laura was a keen and astute businesswoman, an accomplished sports woman, and a gracious and loyal friend.
“When I die, if you need to weep, cry for your brother or sister walking the street beside you, and when you need me, put your arms around anyone and give them what you need to give me. . . .
“Look for me in the people I’ve known or loved, and if you cannot give me away, at least let me live in your eyes and not on your mind. . . .
“Love doesn’t die; people do. So when all that’s left of me is love, give me away.”
A mass of remembrance took place Saturday, June 19, 2010 at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church in Oakville, Ont.
In lieu of flowers, in memoriam donations may be made to the Alzheimer Society of Canada or the Rotary International Club of Midland, Ont.