Obituary: Lovell ‘Skip’ Sutherland
Lovell “Skip” Sutherland of Montclair, a longtime federal civil servant, died on March 19, 2022. He was 95.
Mr. Sutherland was born in 1926 in Montclair to Charlotte (Reynolds) Sutherland and Mortimer Isadore Sutherland. He was raised in Montclair with his brothers, Isadore and Barrington, and sisters, Florette and Rose.
After graduating from Montclair High School, he attended Wilberforce Central State College in Wilberforce, Ohio, where he was a member of the Student Council and A Big Chum. In 1945, he was initiated into Omega Psi Phi fraternity, Upsilon Chapter.
After receiving his B.S. in mathematics, Mr. Sutherland attended graduate school at Howard University, where he continued to serve as an active member of Omega Psi Phi. He later served as the president of the Omicron Chi Chapter in the early 1950s. As president, he organized numerous programs, including “Books and Education for Africa,” recognized as a banner program within the Omega 2nd District.
He was also recognized for contributions to the advancement of literacy in the local community and awarded an NAACP lifetime membership in 1962.
Mr. Sutherland served in the U.S. Army as a research mathematician under an Army scientific and professional program. In 1953 he was honorably discharged.
In 1986 he married Catherine Santos, his soul mate for the past 36 years.
Mr. Sutherland was employed for 35 years as a federal civil servant until he retired from the U.S. Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration, in 1992.
He was an active member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Montclair, participating in youth programs and choir.
Mr. Sutherland is survived by his wife, Catherine F. Sutherland; nephews, Charles Phillips (Eleanor) and Golder Sanford (Judy); niece, Edith Twazon (Phil); great-niece, Krystal Sanford; stepdaughter, Michele Hodge; stepson, Franklin Santos (Tonya); grandchildren, Robyn Glezman (Daniel), Giselle LaMotte, Franklin Alias-Santos, Aundrea Hodge, Kyle Hodge and Ashlee Santos; nine great-grandchildren, cousins and many other family members and friends.
He was predeceased by his parents, Charlotte and Mortimer; brothers, Barry and Isadore; sisters, Rose and Florette, and nephews, Freddy Phillips and Duane Monroe.
Services were held Monday, March 28, at Martin’s Home for Service, with interment at Rosedale Cemetery.