Michael Madesker, RDP
Past President, RPSC
Immediate Past President, FIP Commission for Youth
Good bye, dear friend.
Head Philatelic Collections, British Library
Immediate Past President RPSL
This is indeed sad news. Harry was a good friend who made a major
contribution to philately over many years. His contribution to philately in
Canada was profound. The Royal marked his contribution with its highest
honour, Honorary Fellowship.
I had known Harry for some years, but got to know him much better at Capex 96.
He was always a complete gentleman, sometimes of firm opinion but he always
had a sense of fun. I remember him at the Philatelic Congress of Great Britain
when it was held in London in 2000. We were all at a reception associated with
the RDP signing ceremony. This was to be followed by a buffet supper and Harry
was seen wandering in the buffet area and we were wondering what he was doing
until he reappeared with a big grin and a twinkle in his eye and said "I know
where the smoked salmon is"!
Harry did so much for philately over so many years and his contribution is
profound both in Canada and around the world. It was a privilege to have known
Ralph E. Trimble
Director, Greene Foundation
It is my most regrettable duty to inform you that following his recent few
months of illness, our dear friend and colleague, Harry Sutherland, passed
away yesterday, Tuesday February 14, 2006. While precise details are not
available, it is believed the great man¹s heart finally gave out on him.
Philately in Canada has come to the end of an era.
There will be no funeral here, as Harry wished to be buried next to his
father, who is resting in Nova Scotia. There will be a Memorial Service,
though, on Tuesday March 7, 2006. Further details are not yet finalized.
Our prayers are with you, Harry. You will be sorely missed, my friend.
Managing Partner - Toronto
Fraser Milner Casgrain LLP
I regret to advise that our former partner Harry Sutherland
passed away yesterday in Toronto at the age of 75.
joined Fraser & Beatty in 1954 and became a partner in 1962.
He was a highly respected, and colourful, corporate partner
until his retirement in 1996. In addition to being a mentor
and teacher to many of our current lawyers, Harry edited
several editions of Fraser and Stewart (both former Fraser &
Beatty partners) on "Company Law in Canada", a definitive text
on Canadian corporate law.
Those of us who had the great pleasure of knowing and
working with Harry (and in most cases of having been "fired"
by him!) will all have fond memories of his genuine warmth and
concern for others and his loyalty to the firm, as well as his
love of wine and stamps.
I will advise of funeral arrangements when details are
Conservateur des collections philatéliques
Bibliothèque et Archives Canada
C'est avec beaucoup de tristesse et de surprise que j'ai
appris le décès d'Harry. Je ne le croyais pas si mal en point,
même si ces derniers mois ont été difficiles pour lui. Sa
disparition soudaine semble aussi mettre fin à une époque de
prestance et de consistance de la vieille garde.
J'ai connu Harry Sutherland lorsque ce dernier avait fait don
de sa collection de livres sur la philatélie à la Bibliothèque
nationale du Canada vers les années 1972. La collection avait
été enregistrée comme provenant de la Société royale de
philatélie du Canada (SRPC) et Colin H. Bayley d'Ottawa y
avait organisé une grande exposition. Cela démontre bien
l'esprit d'Harry pour bien faire paraître la SRPC même s'il
devait y contribuer personnellement. Lorsque je me suis joins
à l'équipe du Musée national des postes, Harry a continué à
faire des donations de livres à la Bibliothèque du Musée et à
contribué avec Michael Madesker à faire transférer les livres
en compétition à Capex 1976, 1987 et 1996.
Harry a aussi contribué activement en versant ses archives à
Bibliothèque et Archives Canada ou nous avons créé le Fonds
Harry Sutherland dans les années '80 (voir détails à
) Ce fonds comprend plus de 5 mètres de documents et
témoigne de l'implication d'Harry à la Société royale de
philatélie du Canada, la Federación Interamericana de
Filatelia et la Fédération Internationale de Philatélie au
cours des 35 dernières années.
D'un point de vue plus personnel, Harry a toujours été d'une
grande attention à mon égard et nos rencontres régulières à
Toronto m'ont permis d'avoir accès à son cercle philatélique
élargi. Il m'a fait connaître plusieurs bonnes cuvées de sa
cave à vin et il a surtout été très attentif à ma
préoccupation constante de conservation de notre patrimoine
philatélique national. Harry était un gentlemen hors pair.
Royal Philatelic Society of Canada
Société royale de philatélie du Canada
It is indeed a sad day to hear of the passing of Mr. Sutherland. His
enormous contribution to philately and many organizations and clubs are too
numerous to list. His steady hand and guidance has been a touchstone to many
and forever will be missed. I bid you a fond farewell.
Koh Seow Chuan|
It is with great sadness to hear from you that Harry passed
He was a great philatelist and a wonderful gentleman. Our last
meeting was on the occasion of World Stamp Championship in
Canada and the world has lost a wonderful philatelist and
Peter P. McCann, PhD, FRPSL|
Immediate Past President
American Philatelic Society & Vice President, FIP
Harry Sutherland was philatelic giant and one of the last of the old school
collectors and judges.
He had a major impact on Canada, on all of the Americas, and on the whole
world of philately.
He was one of my first mentors when I trained as an apprentice judge.
The hemispheric Americas were fortunate to see Harry at his very last
philatelic undertaking - the excellent exhibition last October in the
Dominican Republic. He was so pleased to be there among all his friends from
the FIAF countries.
We will not forget him.
||Michael Millar, FRPSC|
Former VP of The RPSC
I probably knew Harry for over forty years - not as long as many people -
and I am deeply saddened by his departing from us.
While I had known him on a casual basis in the early days of our
acquaintance, I got to know him a lot better when he invited me to
"temporarily" take over the duties of Chapter Co-ordinator for the Royal when
Major Dick Malott was sent to Saigon, Viet Nam with the International Control
Commission in 1973.
I well remember the Board meetings in Harry's house at 155 Forest Hill Road
and the lunches at the Granite Club. My "temporary" time - like Income Tax in
World War One - turned into roughly twenty-five years on the Royal Board as an
Officer and Director and Vice-President. I was always amazed at how he would
appear to be dozing at Board meetings and yet he would come up with several
pages of the most full and complete minutes of the meeting.
I remember dropping in at his house one Sunday during the time when he was
seriously collecting Montenegro and found him with the late Mirko Rasic down
on his knees in the middle of the living-room floor with his exhibit spread
out being organised for a show somewhere. He told me then that this was the
best way to line the pages up, you spread them out on the floor, sixteen pages
at a time, stood up and then you could see how they looked. I found this
exercise to be fascinating.
I value the time that I was able to spend with him over the years and am
sorry that I shall no longer be able to enjoy both his company and his dry wit
Daniela and I regret the loss of a great friend, one of the first we met
when I started international judging at Belgica 72.
Our most sincere condolences to his family and to the RPSC.
||Tay Peng Hian|
Immediate Past President FIAP, Director FIP
I am deeply saddened to learn of the passing away of Mr Sutherland.
He will be sadly missed by all as we bid farewell to a gentleman who had
contributed immensely to philately and who had lived his life to the fullest.
With my deepest condolence on his passing away.
Philatelic author and Geldert medal winner
Sad to hear that we have lost one of our great philatelists. I am sure he
will be remembered not only for his contribution to philatelic literature but
also for getting involved in organizing many philatelic events.
Very sad news. It was a privilege to have known him. A great man and a
I am sorry to hear this.
Sad news indeed. He will be missed.
PR Officer RPSC
Thanks for the news even though it is not good. I did not know Harry like
many of you did, but I certainly appreciated his knowledge and experience.
La Federacion Uruguaya de Filatelia hace llegar sus condolencias por la
perdida del estimado filatelista Harry Sutherland
Quienes estuvimos en Sto Domingo en Interexpo, pudimos apreciar como a pesar
de sus años, estuvo siempre presente llevando con esmero su función.
Que descanse en paz
Federación Filatélica Colombiana
Compartimos con Ustedes los sentimientos de pesar por la defunción del
I would like express in the name of Union of Slovak Philatelists
to Societe royale de philatelie du Canada
deep sorrow connected with the death of Mr. Harry Sutherland.
We shall keep him in our memory.
||Col. Steve Luster|
Vice President, Washington 2006 Organizing Committee
I am saddened to learn of Harry's passing. He was one of the truly great
philatelists and an interesting character to boot.
I recall the first time I met him he was his usual gruff, forceful,
intimidating self. I returned his style as good and perhaps better than he
gave. From then on, we were good friends.
I was so sorry to hear from you about Harry Sutherland's death. He was
always a favourite of mine.
Harry's sense of humour was definitely his own and he often used his caustic
wit whenever the occasion warranted. But he was also a very kind man, even a
little shy at times.
I shall miss Harry Sutherland as will all the philatelic world.
Janet Klug, President |
American Philatelic Society
I have only just heard about Harry Sutherland's death. I am so very sorry.
Harry was quite a character, whom I had the great pleasure of knowing. I liked
him very much. I know his passing is a great loss to Canadian and world
We were very sorry to hear that Harry Sutherland passed away.
Please convey our condolences to his family from all of Harry Sutherland
friends, and he had many, in Israel.
On behalf of Israel Philatelic Federation.
||Patrick Pearson, RDP|
Chairman RPSL, Expert Committee
I was very sorry to learn of Harry’s death although I knew he was very
I will arrange to write an obituary for The London Philatelist.
As such I think it would be inappropriate for me to write anything for The
Canadian Philatelist other than to record my and my wife’s deepest regrets for
the passing of a very old friend and fellow philatelist.
Kind regards and my compliments to the other Canadian Philatelists I know.
Italian philatelic publisher
We wish to assure you of our sincerest condolence.
Past President, APS
Thanks for the advisory. I am sad to learn of Harry's death. I considered
him a good friend and enjoyed working with him at various shows. I was looking
forward to seeing him in Washington this year. He will be missed.
Today is a sad day for me and for all the philatelists.
Dr. Eliseo Rubén Otero
President of the Mexican Philatelic Federation
He recibido con inmenso pesar la triste noticia del
fallecimiento del extraordinario filatelista y amigo HARRY
Recibe tu Sociedad y su familia, a través tuyo, mis mas
Solo el recuerdo de haber compartido grandes momentos con un
maestro y haber aprendido muchas cosas de el, me permite
expresar el inmenso agradecimiento de haberlo conocido.
No será nada fácil para ustedes llenar el gran vació que su
partida ha dejado no solo a la filatelia americana sino
tambien en la mundial, ya que siempre ha sido un gran
President Honduras Philatelic Federation
De parte de la Federación Filatélica de Honduras, de mi
familia y del mío propio le manifestamos nuestro más sincero
pesar a su familia y filatelistas por la desaparición física
del amigo Sr. HARRY SUTHERLAND, que Dios lo guarde en su seno.
Osvaldo M. Giordano
Philatelic Author and Judge, Argentina
A través tuyo hago llegar mis condolencias por el
fallecimiento del amigo Harry que se ganó el aprecio y el
respeto de todos por su hombría de bien.
Philatelic Federation, Venezuela
Por favor comuniquele mi mas sentido pesame a la familia de
sangre y a su familia filatelica.
Se nos fue el de los pantalones cortos de todas las
exposiciones, paz a su cuerpo.
Y conversara de sellos en el cielo
C'est un GRANDE perte pour les philatélistes canadiens. Je
l'ai rencontré seulement brièvement à qq. reprises. Il était
toujours attentif même si je ne représentais rien de spécial
pour lui. Il va manquer à plusieurs d'entre nous, notamment à
Merci beaucoup de m'en avoir informé.
Et merci encore BEAUCOUP pour ton IMMENSE travail, tant pour
la philatélie que pour la SRPC.
Dr. Andrew Cheung FRPSL
Vice President (HK), Hong Kong Study Circle
Harry was a member of the Hong Kong Study Circle in his own
right until some years ago when he asked that his membership
be transferred into the name of the Vincent Graves Greene
Philatelic Research Foundation. His apologies were advised and
recorded for his non-attendance at HKSC Toronto meetings held
on 17.4.2005 and 12.6.2005.
A great philatelist and he will be missed by his friends and
members of the Hong Kong Study Circle.
The news of the sudden passing of our great friend Harry
Sutherland caused us a deep sorrow.
We would like to express our condolences to his family and to
all his friends.
May his soul rest in peace.
Miembro del Consejo Ejecutivo FIAF
La Asociacion Filatelica de Costa Rica, se une a la familia
filatelica en el
pesar por el desceso de nuestro colega Don Harry Suthrland
hombres como el
son los que engrandecieron la filatelia mundial y de nuestro
Te envie el pesame de parte de la Asociacion Filatelica de
Costa Rica, pero
el mio personal no paso, asi que te lo reenvio.
Harry Sutherland, fue y seguira siendo un modelo para la
filatelia mundial y
en especial la americana, desde su posicion de tesorero en el
board de la
FIAF siempre nos ilumino con sus atinados consejos y resumenes
claros en las
situaciones que se necesitaron, personalmente resentire el no
conversar con el en el futuro.
Paz a sus restos y resignación a su familia.
||Klerman Wanderley Lopes
Rio de Janeiro - Brasil
Receba e transmita à familia os nossos sentimentos pela
triste noticia sobre Harry Sutherland.
A filatelia mundial perde um grande e apaixonado mestre.
Que Deus o receba para o merecido descanso
Sociedad Filatelica Dominicana
Please receive the condolences of the entire membership of
the Dominican Republic Philatelic Society on this most
To all of us that met him, hoisted a beer and chatted on our
passionate hobby during Interexpo 05 in Santo Domingo last
October, it was a true pleasure. This was a true gentleman in
all aspects of the term.
May he rest in peace and for all of us that believe in heaven,
we hope he is now exchanging views with Rowland himself.
Our very best regards to his family.
||Dr. James Mazepa
Vice President FIAF
Your email was indeed a bearer of sad news. It was evident
in Santo Domingo
that Harry was slowing down, but he was his usual "irreverent
gentleman self" and delighted to have any and all sit with him for a drink
conversation. While I am certain that his presence will be
missed most of
all in his home country of Canada, his passing is a loss to
philatelic community. I remember well his participation on the FIAF Board
with his ability to cut to the issue and his impatience with
verbiage. He will long live in our memories for the positive
work he did
for philately, especially for our FIAF.
Please extend my personal condolences to his family, and to
our many friends
in Canada who will miss his smiling presence.
Asociacion Filatelica Peruana
We, the Asociacion Filatelica Peruana, have sorrow with the
death of the well know philatelist Mr. Harry Sutherland .
Please extend our condolences to his family.
Asociacion Filatelica de Guatemala
Reciba nuestras más sinceras condolencias por el sensible
fallecimiento del señor Harry Sutherland.
Agradecemos se sirva extender las mismas a su familia y a
nuestros amigos de la filatelia Canadiense.
Descanse en paz Harry Sutherland.
President of the
Croatian Philatelic Federation
Croatian Philatelic Federation express our deepest
condolence tribute to late Harry Sutherland who passed away.
||John M. Walsh
Collector, exhibitor and the author and editor of the
Newfoundland Specialized Catalogue
I was saddened to read that ‘Harry’, Mr. Harry Sutherland,
has passed away. I recall good moments in talks with him
at the few shows that I got to attend.
He offered sage replies to numerous questions and his dry wit
was extremely ‘dry’. At those times that I would meet him he
had a friendly demeanour and always a smoke.
I recall one humorous time when he and I were trying to create
a better description for an item I was showing. He recognized
the scarcity of the item and also noticed some of the words I
was using …‘discovery item’… He turned to me and said “I think
original discovery item” would be better. So I replied “but
isn’t that redundant?”
His reply “you can’t tell a judge too often how good your item
He was very good and will be missed by all he touched. Please
accept my condolences.
||Robert Odenweller, RDP
Editor, The Collectors Club Philatelist
Thank you for the picture--you anticipated my request. I'll
be running the obituary in the May/June CCP since March/April
is now on the press and will be in the mail next week.
As soon as I heard I mentioned it at the Collectors Club and
we observed a moment of silence in his memory at the Club
meeting last night. Harry was truly one of the great
philatelists of our time. From my first work with him in the
early 1970s I found that he represented a voice of superb
perception and diplomacy. In spite of that, he didn't suffer
His efforts in our early discussions about developing the
rules for judging Traditional Philately exhibits led to the
currently used regulations we now observe at the FIP level and
worldwide. Indeed, one of the first meetings I conducted after
becoming president of the traditional philately commission was
at his house in 1978. His judging credentials were
exceptional. As jury secretary in Tokyo 1981, I found that he
could cover three full sections while operating "solo." This
ultimately led to the concept of having other eyes balance the
results of judging teams--a concept sometimes misunderstood
but now widely used.
Harry was a "giant" of philately, in many senses of the term.
His disappearance from our world creates a very large hole
that will never be filled as ably as he did.
Peter K. Oldfield CCM
Rosedale Golf Club
I am sorry to hear about the passing of Mr. Sutherland. We
at Rosedale were very fond of him. We appreciated his dry wit,
his appreciation of the staff, food and surroundings and his
keen palate. He was a gentleman of the old school and sadly
there are fewer and fewer.
Piti y Noemi Urbieta Peña
Cuando un amigo se va, deja un vacio dificil de llenar.......... asi dice
una canciòn, pero todos aquellos que hemos conocido a aquel un
taciturno, hasta a veces solitario, buscando su cigarrillo,
atento y cariñoso, no nos va a salir de la retina de todos
aquellos que hemos
tenido el honor de su amistad.
Llenos de un gran dolor, nos quedara su recuerdo para siempre.
Lawyer and International Judge from Australia
Thank you for thinking of me.
I will miss Harry and am sad at his passing.
I first met him in Madrid in 1984 and at the FIP Congress he
invited me to sit with him in the spare Canadian Seat.
He called me Counsellor - as a fellow Lawyer - and I loved his
warmth, candour, dry humour and friendship.
He was great Ambassador for Canada; for Philately; and for
the Legal Profession.
Canada has indeed lost a favourite son.
Regards and please convey my best wishes to his Family
||Pedro Vaz Pereira
It is always sad when a man like Harry Sutherland leave us.
The Philately of Canada lost a great man, a great philatelist
and a great juror.
The example of Harry Sutherland must be shown to the new
generations and the philatelic world will be richer than
I present to Canadian Federation my condolence.
Canadian International Judge will replace Harry Sutherland as
Canadian Judge at WASHINGTON 2006
Good bye Harry, you will be missed.
Merci Harry pour les bons conseils sur les Petites Reines.
Sois mon guide,car tu avais le sens de l,honneur et du
Philatheliquement Clovis de Quebec.
Philatelic Author and International Judge, Greece
It was with regret I was informed of Harry's death.
I have met him and enjoyed his humour.
Canadian philately will miss him.
My condolences to the family of Harry Sutherland.
As a collector and international exhibitor I fully realize the
contribution to philately by this outstanding gentleman.
He will be missed by the collectors that knew him and by his
I am saddened to hear of Mr. Sutherland's passing.
He was indeed a great member, who has always been active in
the Club's affairs, especially our wine committee.
We will certainly miss him around the Club.
I will advise the membership of the National Club.
Thank you for letting me know.
||H. Ekkehard Herling
The York Club &
Canadian Association of Professional Sommeliers
We are very saddened to learn of this news. He was a well
thought-of individual at The YORK Club and he will certainly
be missed by both the members and staff.
Our thoughts are with his family and colleagues at this time.
||David Naiberg, MD
Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin, Sous-Commanderie de
It is with deep regret that I report the passing of our
friend, colleague and fellow Tastevin Member, Harry
Harry was a longtime active and colourful member of our group,
and he will be sadly missed by all.
||Abdulla M. T. Khoory
Emirates Philatelic Association
We are very sorry to hear about the sad demise of Mr. Harry
Sutherland. I would like to extend heartfelt condolences on
behalf of Emirates Philatelic Association and on my personal
Philatelic friends always remember his efforts for philately.
appreciated that he imparted valuable knowledge and guidance to
other philatelic members.
May God the Almighty give the strength to face this tragedy to
his family and friends.
The Map Stamp Study Group
Our deepest regrets and condolences on the passing of Harry
Sutherland, a long-time friend and an incomparable
Harry will be sorely missed, but most fondly remembered.
||Robert K. Thorne
Immediate Past President Philatelic Specialists Society of
How does a community react to a loss such as the passing of
a man like Harry.
Harry touched everyone in philately in Canada and the
My fondest memory was sitting at the same table as Harry at
the 50th anniversary dinner of the PSS.
I will miss him and so will philately.
Brazilian Philatelist and former member of the FIAF Board
Your email was a shock to me and fulfilled my soul with
great deal of sadness. During the time I passed attending the FIAF meetings I learned to admire and love Harry. For sure,
everybody loves Harry, who was known among your FIAF friends
and colleagues as Mr. Canada. Being always an irreverent
gentleman, everyone likes to sit with him for a drink and
conversation. I am sure that his smiling presence will be
missed most of all in his home country and his passing is a
loss to our entire philatelic community. I always will
remember his participation on the FIAF Board with his judicial
opinions. He will be forever in our memories for the important
work he did for our FIAF.
Please extend my personal condolences to his family, and to
our many friends in Canada.
Centro filatelico del Paraguay
The members of the Centro Filatelico del Paraguay express
our condolences on this most heartfelt loss of Mr. Harry
I had the good fortune of meeting him during INTEREXPO 05 in
Santo Domingo in October 2005. He was a very sweet and kind
gentleman and I will miss not having the opportunity of seeing
him again. He helped to make philately more meaningful and
enjoyable for many.
May he rest in peace.
||Michael Millar, FRPSC
Former VP of The RPSC and spokesperson for the Barrie Stamp Club
The Barrie District Stamp Club, Chapter 73, wishes to
express its profound sadness at the passing of Harry
Sutherland. Our Club was established on the 1st of December
1960 and shortly after Harry became President of the RPSC, on
the death of Mac Geldert, we invited him up to Barrie to speak
to us. He came, in the company of Dr. Fred Stulberg, and gave
us a very interesting talk on philatelic fundamentals. Since
that time he would always ask how things were going with the
Club. An interest that was very much appreciated. We shall
Ottawa (a mere collector...)
My condolences to Mr. Sutherland's family and friends. I never
met the man, but spent a hobby-changing 90 minutes on the
phone with him once many years ago, when I finally bought my
first significant Newfoundland stamp, and I thought it might
benefit from a VG Greene Certificate. He talked me out of it.
Mr. Sutherland was very patient with this collecting novice,
and gave me many excellent hints to enjoying this hobby even
more. He encouraged me to exhibit - I have yet to do so - and
to ignore those who didn't take a 25-yr-old "collector"
seriously. I enjoyed his humour, confidence and sage advice.
The memories of that brief encounter have informed my
collecting ever since, and will remain with me.
President of the Union of Czech Philatelists
Director of the FIP
Harry Sutherland passed away. This unexpected, sad news
reached the Union of Czech Philatelists a short while ago. Its
Executive Board, along with FIP Honorary President, Mr. Laddy
Dvořáček, express their sympathy to Royal Philatelic Society
of Canada. Harry was well known in Czechoslovakia. He served
as a distinguished member of the Jury of two world philatelic
exhibitions held in Prague, Czechoslovakia - PRAGA 1978 and
PRAGA 1988. We met him many times at FIP World Philatelic
Exhibitions held in Europe, the USA, Australia and Asia.
Harry, we'll miss you!
First Vice-President, BNAPS
Thanks for the update on Harry's passing. I have many
memories of Harry at Stampex. The most memorable being teamed
up with Harry during my last apprenticeship for national level
judge status. I was pre warned about Harry's style, still he
scared the hell out of me. In the end he indicated that I did
well, and subsequently signed the required form. Wow! What an
Harry was a wonderful ambassador of our great hobby, and
will be missed by the many of us that knew him.
||John van der Ven
We have lost in Harry Sutherland a giant of a contributor
to the many aspects in the field of Philately. Our thoughts
and prayers go out to his family.
||David, Yung & Maureen Benson
Could you please send our condolences to Harry Sutherland's
family and to all Canadian philatelists for the loss of one of
their great philatelists.
Arts & Letters Club, Toronto, ON
The inimitable and Irreplaceable Harry Sutherland
For more than forty years I have known and enjoyed the
formidable intellect and curmugeon-with-a-heart-of-gold
personality, the generosity and, above all, the friendship of
I first tested that friendship in the mid-sixties when I
opportuned him to become a fellow board member of the Ontario
Association for Children With Learning Disabilities....a
fledgling organization which sorely needed his impressive
capabilities. Not only did he join, he became its President
and served its cause brilliantly for many years.
The second test came four years ago when I happened upon
Harry at the bar of the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto. He was
not a member, but an occasional luncheon guest with fellow
retired law firm partners. What an opportunity, I thought, as
I asked Harry's help in petitioning Canada Post to issue a
stamp to commemorate the Club's centenary in 2008. He
immediately agreed to write a letter of introduction to
Charles Verge, his successor, expressing support.
The Arts & Letters Club of Toronto thanks him for that.
As a friend, I have much more to thank him for: splendid
memories of rollicking parties, visits, travelogues,
exhilaratingly deep conversations.
It all seems such a short time ago.
||John H. Talman
President of the Toronto Stamp Collectors' Club
Harry was a great supporter of all things philatelic and
kept up his membership in the TSCC to the end. He last spoke
to the Club (one of the oldest in the world) back in the
1990's. Due to mutual friends and interests we managed to keep
in touch. Bill Morari, General Manager of The National Club,
would often speak of Harry when I talked to him. Everyone had
a great respect for Harry and he will be deeply missed. Harry
did many favours for many people, myself included, and I am
very pleased to have known him. May he rest in peace.
Former President, APS
Former VP, FIP
Thanks for the email advice on the loss of Harry
Sutherland---a great personal friend, a great guy and
collector and a real loss to worldwide philately. We will all
||Enrique O. Bomini
Presidente de la Federación
Argentina de Entidades filatélicas
Nos hemos enterado con gran dolor del fallecimiento de
nuestro amigo Harry Sutherland el pasado 14 de Febrero.
Mucho lo apreciamos desde aquel mes de Noviembre de 1975
cuando la FIAF debía realizar la séptima asamblea en la ciudad
de Buenos Aires. Ante el fallecimiento del presidente de dicha
federación, Harry asumió la presidencia y nos informo que
viajaría, aun cuando la situación en nuestro país era por
demás delicada y condujo las deliberaciones de la mencionada
Siempre hemos disfrutado de su especial sentido del humor
cuando la filatelia, nuestra común afición nos convocaba en
algún lugar del mundo.
En Octubre del 2005, en Santo Domingo de Guzmán, Republica
Dominicana, con motivo de la XXXIX Asamblea de la FIAF fue
nuestro ultimo encuentro. Quiera usted señor Verge presentar
nuestras condolencias a la Royal Philatelic Society of Canada.
Gracias Harry por tu honestidad y estamos seguros que el señor
te recibió con una sonrisa.
Keeper, Royal Philatelic Collection
Very sorry indeed to learn of Harry's death.
Although I didn't know him for very long (mainly when he came
over here for Congress, of which he was a great supporter, and
also when he came over for the RDP Board of Election meetings)
as a fellow smoker in the small library at the Royal, we had
something in common!
And of course I was delighted to come to Toronto for the
Specialist Society dinner in 2004 at his behest.
Good company, and very knowledgeable on so much.
International FIP Judge and Turkish Phil. Federation
I regret to hear this bad news of Mr. Harry Sutherland . I
would like to relay my sorrow and condolence and share the
grief of all of you.
Please accept my most sincere sympathy.
||Francis Kiddle, RDP
President, FIP Commission for Philatelic Literature
Past President, Royal Philatelic Society London
Many thanks for letting me know about the sudden passing of
Harry Sutherland. From my personal point of view, I first met
Harry at the Ameripex Jury in 1986. I got on so well with
Harry that he invited me to join the Capex 1987 Jury. At that
time I was a rank beginner within International Philately, and
getting the thumbs up from such a distinguished philatelist as
Harry Sutherland was a very important thing for me.
Under separate cover, I will send you a cheque for £20 in
memory of Harry. As Harry was so keen on philatelic
literature, I would appreciate if my donation is given to the
||Ad Indusophon, RDP
Friend of Harry Sutherland
It is a shock and with deepest sadness for me to learn
about Harry. I am very fond of him, he was an old friend.
Harry was there when my late husband and myself came into
philately years back. Harry supported my work, I shall never
forget that and shall always feel grateful to him. Who could
have known it was to be the last time when I saw Harry in
Bangkok during the last stamp show. He will surely be missed
by us all.
If time allows I would make an effort to attend his
memorial service in Canada. Unfortunately this is not possible
as I am very committed with a number of things in Bangkok,
especially before my trip to Europe and U.S. in early May.
President, Saugeen Stamp Club
Hanover, Ontario, Canada
I only knew Harry for a short time having met him at the
Montreal Royal. He was always willing to chat, be supportive
and was there to share or cause a laugh. Thanks for spending
time with a rookie Harry; it was nice to have met you.
||Aldo Samame y Samame
With great sadness I have received the notice that last
February 14 our friend Harry Sutherland passed away.
I met Harry during Capex´96 International Exhibition, where
both served as juries. Later we attended the FIAF Annual
Meeting that we held in Toronto in 1996; on that Meeting Harry
was appointed as Treasurer and, since then, FIAF have their
accounts in Canada due to his inestimable work as FIAF
Treasurer. Harry was elected Treasurer of FIAF Board on 1996,
but on the 1970´s he also served as FIAF´s President.
Along the years we met together in many philatelic exhibitions
and FIAF meetings; in all of them we enjoyed the extraordinary
happiness of Harry. Last time we met was last October during
the International Philatelic Exhibition Interexpo´05 held in
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; we assisted to that
exhibition for our FIAF Annual Meeting as members of the
Not only Canada looses with the departure of Harry, we all
loose a friend and a gentleman who honoured his country and
On my name, and on the name of the Board members of the
Federacion InterAmericana de Filatelia –FIAF- accept our
deepest sorrow for this hopeless loose. May he rest on peace.
||Ing. Rodrigo Paez Teran
AFE - Director
A nombre y en representación de la Asociación Filatélica
Ecuatoriana -AFE- de Quito, Ecuador, en mi calidad de Director
para Asuntos Internacionales, presento a la Royal Philatelic
Society of Canada, por su digno intermedio, los sentimientos
de pesar que agobian a la filatelia ecuatoriana, ante el
sensible fallecimiento del apreciado colega coleccionista y
destacado miembro activo de la Directiva de la FIAF su
Tesorero pro tempore, doctor Harry M. Sutherland, deceso que
representa una grave pérdida, no solamente para Canada, sino
también para la filatelia continental americana.
||Luis Lopez y Lopez
Immediate Past president, FIAF
Desde aquí Caracas Venezuela y mi asociación se estoy
enviando mis mas sentidos pésame por la muerte de nuestro
compañero y amigo HARRY SUTHERLAND que fue mi mas y mejor
compañero desde el año 1975 deseándole que Dios lo acoja en su
seno y que en Paz descanse.
President, Leon's Furniture
Let me say, Harry Sutherland was a first class gentleman
all the way. When we were in our beginnings of “Children with
Learning Disabilities” in the 1960’s, Harry was very
compassionate and helpful about the problems of Children with
You may contact Phil Timmons who was one of our founders and
Unfortunately I will be out of the country during the memorial
service, but please convey my deepest sympathy to all the
family on the passing of a fine fine person in Mr. Sutherland.
||Hussain R. Al – Ismail
Vice President, Qatar Philatelic Club
Qatar Philatelic Club has been inform about bad news that
Mr. Harry Sutherland had pass away late February 14, 2005. And
Qatar Philatelic Club would like to extend and express hearty
condolences to the family and friends at the sad demise of
their love one.
May Almighty rest his soul in peace and give us the fortitude
to bear this irreparable loss.
||Jos Wolff, RDP, president FSPL, vice-président FIP
Andrée Trommer-Schiltz, vice-président et trésorier FSPL
Nous avons été profondément attristés par la nouvelle du
décès de Mr Harry Sutherland.
Au nom de la Fédération des Sociétés philatéliques du Grand-Duché
de Luxembourg, et en notre nom personnel, nous présentons nos
très sincères condoléances à sa famille et à la Royal
Philatelic Society of Canada.
Nous garderons de lui le souvenir d'un éminent philatéliste,
qui fut pendant de longues années au service de la philatélie
canadienne et internationale.
Senior philatelist in Dubai, UAE
I was shocked to hear the passing away of Mr. Harry
Sutherland on Feb 14th. Of late he was so much in my thoughts
and I was hoping to see him as well at Washington. May his
soul Rest in Peace.
He was a very kind friend and always displayed a very
affectionate and caring disposition to all. He also greatly
contributed to the global Philately and I am sure many will
miss him in many many years to come.
Not knowing whom he leaves behind can I request you to convey
the deep sympathy of my family and myself to his near and dear
I am also sure that The Canadian Philatelist magazine
will carry his life and the achievements to People and
||Major Richard K. Malott, CD, Retd., MSc, BA (Hist), FRPSL,
After attending Harry's memorial Service in Toronto on
Tuesday, 7 March 2006, I am now prepared to send in a humble
tribute to the icon of Canadian Philately in our time.
I believe I first met Harry in the mid 1950's while stationed
at RCAF Station Aylmer, Aylmer, Ontario. Myself and MWO Daws
Perry (deceased) formed a Chapter of the RPSC and it thrived
until the Station closed in 1961. I was commencing my Canadian
air mail collection and research. Both Harry and the late
Phyllis Geldert suggested that I commence exhibiting my
material. My efforts to do so were cut short by a four year
tour of duty in Europe (UK and Sardinia), and after my return
a year in the USA. In 1966 I joined the RA Stamp Club and
commenced my long journey of researching and exhibiting
Canadian Pioneer and Semi-Official Air Mail.
Despite Harry's outward disdain for air mail (he believed it
was postal history and that it should not be a separate
entity), he supported my exhibits in the FIP juries that
resulted in a sequence of small gold and then six large gold
awards. Without his assistance in the jury deliberations I am
sure that I would not have gone past small gold. His special
interest in Canada's C6 airmail was well known among Canadian
and international aerophilatelists.
Harry's expertise in judging and jury deliberations were well
known to me after working with him on juries, nationally and
internationally. I quickly learned to keep quiet and listen to
the master. My services on RPSC committees with Harry in
charge were also an experience, not only from his
organizational abilities, but also the wonderful meal
selections with wine, that he made on our behalf. I doubt if
ever I will meet his equal in my remaining years in philately.
I wish to acknowledge my indebtedness to Harry for all that he
has done for me and for Canadian and international philately.
I feel privileged to have been able to attend Harry's Memorial
Service and to learn more about our inspiring late friend. I
salute his memory. May he rest in eternal peace.
||Charles G. Firby
So long good friend - It has always been my pleasure
working with such a sincere and dedicated philatelist.
You will be missed!
Au revoir Harry et merci pour tout.
Chairman, Board of Election
RDP Election Meeting
The members of the Board of Election at their meeting on
March 9th recorded their sorrow at the death of their
colleague Harry Sutherland. Harry had served as a member of
the Board of Election since 2001 and was both a valuable
member and a delightful compatriot. The Board stood in his
memory at the opening of the proceedings.
The Institute of Child Study, OISE/University of Toronto
We were very saddened to learn of the unexpected passing of
Harry Sutherland. As you may know, I just enjoyed lunch here
at the Institute of Child Study with Mr. Sutherland before the
Holidays. Mr. Sutherland was our very first donor to the ICS
Capital Campaign - which has almost topped $2 million. We have
been grateful for his generosity and leadership. He was
extremely kind to us.
Harry Sutherland attended the Institute in the 1930's and we
plan to recognize his gift on a donor wall to be installed
closer to meeting our goals and at the Campaign's end.
Please pass our condolences to his cousin John and family.