Farewell, Dan

Our community lost a piece of itself yesterday, so sudden and stark it was. Dan Sutherland, 47, was a boatbuilder of the highest order. He was a kind, gentle presence. I watched him shine at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum, turning people on to wooden boats. He will be so dearly missed by so many. Heartfelt sympathy to Patti and his family, and a deep sadness for the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum community. What a loss.

~ by kbosin on February 19, 2012.

24 Responses to “Farewell, Dan”

  1. On behalf of Daniel’s brothers, sisters and extended family, we would like to thank you for your kind words on our brother Daniel. The picture memorializes the brother we grew up with and loved. We will insure that this is shared with Dan’s other family members and friends who will very much appreciate this tribute to him. I would like to share with you that the picture memorializes not only Daniel, but that of another kind and gentle soul, our grandfather Ernest Sutherland, who played a significant role in having Dan pursue the wooden boat industry he so loved.

    Thank you for your thoughts in this difficult time.

    Steve Sutherland (brother)

  2. Thank you so much for this! This is my brother Daniel and I can only say how much this will mean to all who see this. Like my brother Steve above, Daniel learned all he knew from our grandfather. Thanks for such a great tribute to Dan. We have lost a significant member of our family, and this will help us all through this difficult time. Daniel loved what he did!

    Susan Sutherland Nichols (sister)


  3. So sorry to hear about Daniel. Will keep you all in my prayers.

  4. One of Daniel’s favorite quotes reminds us of the passion & joy he had for his work:

    “There is nothing – absolutely nothing – half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats” ~ Kenneth Graham, “The Wind in the Willows”

  5. Thank you so much to all the people that have touched Daniel’s life, as he has touched yours, even if it was just with that smile. There are people that come into our lives and leave their footprint, for me, Daniel more than left a footprint on my life and those of my children. He was my brother, a best friend and so much more. I hope that when you think of him, you always remember his love of wooden boats and a simple life.

  6. Thank You so much for this! My uncle was a huge part of my life and always will be. I spent my summers working and traveling to boat shows with him. I was introduced to the world of boat building and to be a part of that with him was truely something special. Dan is a great loss to our family.

  7. Dan will always be a part of the Chesapeake in all the boats he created at CBMM. his legacy lives on each time one sails the waters. So many lives touched. Dan’s story is also unfolding on the museum’s Facebook page with many comments from those in the boat world…the family may find comfort.

    Thank you for this heartfelt post Kathy. And thank you Sutherland family for sharing Dan with us. We’re so glad he learned the love of boats from Ernest …

    More comments at http://www.Facebook.com/mymaritimemuseum

    The local newspaper, the Star Democrat will have an article about Dan’s latest build this Saturday. The photographer Erin Fluharty was at the museum two weekends, earlier in February…they should have online video soon. Bittersweet indeed.

    Tracey Munson
    VP of Communications

  8. Nice tribute to a great man, a huge loss not only to the Museum and the Eastern Shore but also to our great State. RIP Dan.

  9. I was fortunate to have learned from Dan on portions of 8 boats at CBMM. One of those is the Rushton Bob & I helped build at the Apprentice For A Day program. He has hundreds in his history.

    Doc John, Sam & I put one sheer plank on the Baker’s sailing dinghy yesterday. Today Doc & I fitted the final plank. Bob Petizon helped Doc & me get the last plank on the dinghy. Both days, Dan was with us as we thought about an adjustment we needed to make. A 16th or a 32/nd makes a difference.

    Some achieve a skill to be called master shipwright. Dan was a master boatbuilder, as his grandfather was called. He was an artist.

    We’ll miss him,

  10. Our family had plenty of goodtimes with danny over the last 20 years…very few I could post here..I’ll always remember the crazy days at the shows,trips to canada and the parties on the river..gods speed my friend…
    The Sutherland Clan are in our thoughts and in our prayers…

  11. Daniel was the epitome of the word gentleman. His influence on my children’s lives was immense. Terese mentioned the summers (and boat shows) spent with her uncle. In particular, I remember one summer where she left for her uncle’s the day after school ended and never came home until the day before school began. He even took her back-to-school clothes shopping.

    I hope the first thing he did when he got to heaven was to take his dad and his dog Brina for a sail. Fair winds and following seas, Daniel.

  12. Another memorial service and celebration of Dan Sutherland’s life will be held at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum on Saturday, March 10, at 2:00 pm. We expect the service to begin in the Small Boat Shed, and continue over at our Boat Shop, a fitting place for a memorial for Dan.

    In lieu of flowers, the family has asked that donations in memory of Daniel Sutherland be made to the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum where they will be placed in CBMM’s Boat Building Apprentice Endowment Fund, CBMM, PO Box 636, St. Michaels, MD 21663

  13. Dan was an absolute delight, living life full tilt. always a smile and kind word and immensely patient and gifted.
    Cloud Kennedy

  14. I’m so glad I found this place, these pictures, and these comments. My memories of Dan are all wonderful, from our days of philosophy and poetry at V’ville, to launching ourselves into our adult passions. We were all better for knowing him. To Dan’s family, deepest sorrow that you lost him too soon.

    • Thank you Diane. Dan never forgot you. I have his yearbooks, your written farewells and cards. He still cherished them enough after all these years to have shared them with me. Thank you. You certainly touched his immense heart and he never forgot that.

      From his friend & companion, Patti in Claiborne, MD

      • Patti,

        Thank you for sharing that. One of our favorite teachers, philospher and poet Art Willis passed not too long ago. I’d like to imagine them now with all the cosmos at hand.

        Glad to know he was in this good place.


  15. Sending out my deepest condolances to Dan’s family. I had the priveledge of working with him for a couple of summers on Keuka Lake – some of the best times of my life. He was so tremendously talented and really loved his family. I remember how happy he was to finish the rushton for Ellen and her children that summer. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  16. Dan will surely be missed. He definitely had a great influence on our family. We are all better for having known him. Our condolences go out to the Sutherland family, Patty, and everyone who ever had the privilege to have known him.

  17. what a beautiful tribute to Dan….

  18. Sutherland Family:
    So sorry for the loss of Dan.. My condolences and prayers goes out to you all!!.. May him rest in peace!!!

  19. Counted on…. by all who touched or were touched by the boats , to always be there. Dan was to all of us an answer and a gentle solution. He provoked validity to our craft and so easily passed on his considerable skills to those within earshot. I last saw Dan at The Mystic Seaport …at the Wooden Boat Show….. Seems ;like he is part of every boat!

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