Obituary of Kenneth William Sutton
Sutton, Kenneth William
It is with sadness that the family of Kenneth William Sutton announces his passing on March 26th, 2022. After dealing with cancer for 2 ½ years, Ken died peacefully at home a couple of weeks after his 87th birthday with his children by his side. Ken was predeceased by his parents William and Violet Sutton, his brother Terry Sutton and his second wife Dawn Wallis. He is survived by his children Karen Gooch (Kelly), Shelley Faulkner (Kent) and Tom Sutton (Kathy) and his three granddaughters Jennifer, Christine and Susie (Trevor) Gooch. He is also survived by his sisters Sharon Badgley and Susan Biloski and his brother Ed Sutton. He will be fondly remembered by his step-daughter Cathy Wallis and her children Justin (Julia) and Olivia. Ken was born in Port Arthur (Thunder Bay) on March 10th, 1935 on his mother’s 21st birthday. Shortly after marrying Carole (Davidson) Sawyer in 1956, he arrived in North Bay to attend teacher’s college. He had planned to follow his brother to Toronto but plans changed when he was offered a job in North Bay. He taught at a number of elementary schools in the city until the early 1970’s. During this time, he earned a Bachelor of Arts from Queen’s University by attending summer school for several years while his family camped in Kingston. He then spent the last twenty years of his career as a teacher-librarian at W.J. Fricker School, encouraging students to explore the world of books. His love of books has been passed on to his children and grandchildren and he was an avid reader up until his death. He also greatly enjoyed sharing his love of reading and writing poetry with family and friends on special occasions. Ken began singing as an adult after he arrived in North Bay. He was a founding member of the North Bay Choral Society and sang in a number of local choirs over the years. He was part of the bass section of the Near North Voices until he was 85 years old and he often remarked about how great it was to sing with people who were as much as 70 years younger than him. Besides singing, Ken kept busy during his retirement years by travelling and being an active member of his condo board. Ken will be cremated and at his request there will be no funeral service. There will be a private gathering planned at a later date. Thank you to Dr. Wendy Graham for all her support. Donations to the organization of your choice will be gratefully acknowledged by Ken’s family. Arrangements entrusted to Martyn Funeral Home.
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