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Robert C. Sutherland|Insurance professional, active in civic organizations

NAUGATUCK — A remarkable gentleman of integrity, common sense, caring, humor and compassion, Robert C. Sutherland passed away suddenly at his home on Saturday, April 26, 2014. Bob, married for 65 years in March to Jeanne “Jimmie” S. Sutherland, has been a respected and active resident of the Naugatuck community and greater Waterbury area for most of his life. His amazing work ethic and devotion has provided unending inspiration to his family and the community at large. Bob was born at Waterbury Hospital on Feb. 25, 1925, the second son of John M. and Belle O. Sutherland. He attended Salem School and was graduated from Naugatuck High School in 1942. Following three years in the United States Army Air Force during WWII, he returned to and received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Finance. Bob returned to Naugatuck in 1948 to join his father, John M. Sutherland, in the family’s insurance business, John M. Sutherland Inc., a company Bob led until its acquisition by the Naugatuck Savings Bank in 2005. He was currently vice chairman of Ion Insurance. Bob earned the professional designation of Chartered Property & Casualty Underwriter and has been honored as a past president of the Connecticut Chapter. Over the years, he served on the advisory boards of several insurance companies and was a past president of the Waterbury Association of Insurance Agents.

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