Memorial Service for Don Sutherland
Donald Scott Sutherland
Obituary & Memorial Service information
Staten Island, NY – Donald Scott Sutherland, 66, of Stapleton, photojournalist for Marine News and avid collector of antique typewriters, magic lanterns, cameras and business machines died at home on May 24, 2010 of cancer.
Born in Harlem in 1944 to Alton and Madeleine Sutherland he graduated from the High School of Music and Art. His love for photography and writing was cultivated while working summers during high school writing text for the Montgomery Ward catalog and later landing a job in a Manhattan camera store after graduation. His affinity with photography and dexterity with a camera would land him the role of the “Bolex Man” as spokesperson and model in their print ad campaigns.
He was a contributing photojournalist for Popular Photography and was listed on the masthead as a contributing photographer and writer for over 20 years. Spanning a career of over 40 years, most recently with Marine News, his work was published in Playboy, Newsweek and many other professional trade publications. Over the past 10 years he would chronicle and photograph tugboats and the workboat industry throughout the United States. Many of his most recent significant works detailed the vital role played by the maritime industry during 9-11 and Hurricane Katrina.
He was the former Editor-in-Chief of the North Shore Press, a local Staten Island publication. His expertise with film and digital photography would earn him freelance positions evaluating and critiquing new cameras and lenses for all of the major camera manufacturers.
He moved from Manhattan to his beloved Stapleton, Staten Island in 1974. He was very involved in local community activities and would hold the titles of Vice President of the Mudd Lane Society and member of the Board of Directors of the Stapleton Local Development Corporation. He was instrumental in the landmarking and preservation of Stapleton and his article in New York Magazine was instrumental in the revitalization of interest for historically significant homes on Staten Island.
Mr. Sutherland was also one of the world’s most recognized collectors of antique typewriters and memorabilia and wrote a book for Panasonic called the “Typewriter Legend” which chronicled the history and impact of the typewriter and its influence on the modern day computer.
He is survived by his longtime friend Mary Elizabeth Rasile Farraj and his Goddaughter Alexa Farraj. Mary Elizabeth and Alexa were often seen with Don at the annual tug boat races.
PortSide NewYork and Matt Perricone, Captain of the Tug Cornell, are helping with memorial service arrangements. PortSide has offered the deck of the Mary A. Whalen as a site for the memorial reception which will include a slide show. Attendees can come by water or by land. See below.
Tues June 22 6pm
The Mary A. Whalen is docked on Red Hook pier 9B.
American Stevedoring, operators of the pier, have granted permission for attendees to come by water and for tugs to dock on the north side of Pier 9B, Red Hook, Buttermilk Channel, for the memorial service.
Due to Coast Guard security zone regulations, no recreational vessels are allowed at this event, only commercial craft.
Photo IDs required to enter the port. TWIC cards are required at the terminal, but we expect that so many attendees will have TWIC cards that we will easily have sufficient escorts for the non-TWIC card holders.
However, RSVP'ing HERE IS NECESSARY to ensure that we have the proper number of TWIC card holders.
When you register that you are coming, you have to select if you have a TWIC card or not. You will also be asked how you are coming (boat or car) and if you are coming by boat, you'll be asked the vessel name and LOA.
Directions by car:
American Stevedoring address is 70 Hamilton Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11231. Download directions here.
There is ample parking on site.
If you have inquiries, or wish to speak at the memorial or submit photos for the memorial slide show or this website, contact Mary Elizabeth Rasile Farraj at PassingFancies@aol.com
To remember Don via his work visit:
His website http://www.don-sutherland.com/
Marine News Archive http://www.marinelink.com/news/Search.aspx?search=Don-sutherland
His last story for Marine News http://dwp.marinelink.com/pubs/nwm/MN/201004/ [type 45 in the window for page ___]
Mystic Seaport exhibit about tugboats http://bit.ly/dAuypu
Feel free to forward the link to this site http://donsutherlandmemorial.eventbrite.com/
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