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FRASER SUTHERLAND Poet. At Toronto, March 28, 2021. Born Pictou, N.S. on December 5, 1946. Son of the late Russell and Mary (MacHardy) Sutherland. Predeceased by his son, Malcolm (2009) and wife, Alison (2018). Survived by his brother, William Sutherland; brother-in-law, Robert Armour; sisters-in-law, Pauline Strunk, Rosemary Armour, and Liza Vandermeer; and nephews and nieces, Martin and Nora Strunk, Becca and Joe Domovitch, and Nel, Molly, and Adriaan Vandermeer. After graduating in journalism from Carleton University in 1969, Fraser had a rich career as a writer, editor, lexicographer, and poet. He lived for periods in Montreal, British Columbia, Scotland, Portugal, and China. His numerous books of poetry include Strange Ironies, Fiddlehead Poetry Books, 1972, Jonestown, McClelland & Stewart, 1996, and Bad Habits, Mosaic Press, 2019. A wonderfully loyal friend, he will be missed by a multitude from Guangzhou to Sarajevo. Donations in Fraser's memory may be made to PEN Canada, in support of the Writers in Exile Program,, or Community Living Toronto, in support of the Supported Independent Living Program, Family and friends will gather to remember him later in the year. Condolences may be left at

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Published in The Globe and Mail from Mar. 31 to Apr. 4, 2021.
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April 11, 2021
I first met Fraser at the annual party he and his wife Alison threw. They generously invited the whole street, along with so many interesting people, including many writers and musicians who gave beautiful performances in the garden. Fraser cooked all the food (Alison did the baking) and it was amazing. He took great care from sourcing the ingredients to choosing the recipes. One of the wonderful people I met at his parties is now a dear friend and Fraser will always be our connection. Fraser generously offered for us to take freely from the garden. We raised several monarch caterpillars from the milkweed and I always knew I could grab a sprig of herbs there if I was in a pinch. A friend recently lent me a book of Fraser's poems and I am really enjoying them. We will miss him.
Emily Chung
April 3, 2021
His soul had an arduous road to travel and it travelled it, remarkably.

RIP, Fraser
Hana and Milos Scholz
April 2, 2021
Charles Jaffe
April 1, 2021
Fraser was the most hospitable, most generous and at the same time the grumpiest host, producing food worthy of the best restaurant while telling everyone to get out of the kitchen! No one listened, and Fraser sat surrounded by his friends and secretly smiled. Oh yes, he was also a poet whose work will last. Miss him terribly.
Rasa Mazeika
March 31, 2021
Fraser was such a great bookman. He will be missed. Condolences to his family.
Don McLeod
March 31, 2021
Condolences to the SUTHERLAND family
During this time.
Kathy Babbs
March 31, 2021
RIP Fraser condolences to his many friends sincerely Cousin Joanne MacHardy from Nova Scotia
Joanne MacHardy
March 31, 2021
Fraser on top of Mount Tai in China
RIP. my friend. You were a great friend. I have learned not only English language from you but also humor and caring. It was always a pleasure talking to you. I feel sorry not being able to be there in Canada to say farewell. I'll always remember you.
Xiaoshuai Ge
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