Harry James (Jim) Sutton

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HARRY JAMES (JIM) SUTTON May 3, 1928 - September 18, 2010 It is with much sadness that the family of Jim Sutton announces his passing on Saturday, September 18 at Southlake Regional Hospital, Newmarket, Ontario. Harry James, son of Clarence and Mabel (nee Fryer) Sutton. Predeceased and youngest brother to Earl, Arthur, and Donald. Husband to Orysia Bilous (deceased). Father of Derek (Marilyn), David (Cheryl), Douglas (Chris), Sharon (Michael) and Joanne (Ted). Proud grandfather to Scott, David, Trevor, Carley, Krista, Kimberly, Katherine, Jimmy and Beverly. Great-grandfather to Emma Lola. Best friend of Susan Armitage, her children Kevin (Caroline) and Kirsten (Ian), buddy to Sophie, Charlie, Jay, Ryan, James and Bode. From simple beginnings in Roland, Manitoba to his home in King City, Ontario, Jim Sutton lived life to the fullest. Legend reads that Jim rode down the Red River on a box of soap and never looked back. His early sales days with Colgate Palmolive, through rural Manitoba, led to life in Dauphin and Winnipeg as young husband to Orysia and father of 3 boys. Jim's unrelenting ambition moved the family to Toronto, where 2 baby girls were born and further, a few years later, to Montreal and new advancement with Helene Curtis Ltd. The start up of Quality Home Products in 1968, came from his unique talent for marketing, and fierce belief in doing things 'his way". Leaner times gave way to small successes as Jim's business relationships lead to opportunities in the 'private label' industry for grocery and drug trade in Canada. Today, H.J. Sutton Industries distributes hundreds of consumer retail products sold to every food, drug and mass merchandiser in North America. In December 1979, Jim and Orysia, with all children grown and gone, picked up and moved to King City and they never looked back. Jim enjoyed a happy, prosperous life with many friends, much family, tennis, golf and travel. He had a fierce pride in his Manitoba heritage, a passion for his pond and King property, an insatiable curiosity of the world and its history, politics and religions and, but mostly, a huge love and commitment to his family. As fate would have it, Orysia died in 2000, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's Disease. And, as luck would have it, through mutual friends, Jim met Susan and found love for the second time. The last eight years have again been full of family, friends, golf, tennis, travel and magic. He was truly a fortunate man. Friends may call at the Thompson Funeral Home, 530 Industrial Parkway South, (northeast corner of Yonge Street and Industrial Parkway), Aurora (905-727-5421) on Tuesday, September 21 from 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held at All Saints Anglican Church, 12935 Keele Street, King City on Wednesday, September 22 at 11 a.m. Interment Kettleby Cemetery. Donations to Hospice King/Aurora would be appreciated by the family. Online condolences may be left at www.thompsonfh-aurora.com

Published in the Toronto Star on Sept. 20, 2010