Helen Sutter
1934 - 2021

Helen Dianne Sutter (nee Thomson) March 11, 1934- October 6, 2021. Dianne passed peacefully at Summit Place in Owen Sound with family at her side. Predeceased by her husband Edward (Ted), son Alan, parents Thomas and Helen (Truss) Thomson, sister Doris (Elliott), brother-in-law Nelson and cousin Dawna House (Truss) and her husband Jack. She is lovingly remembered by son Stan (Lisa-Dawn McKenzie), daughter Nancy, grandchildren Neil, Holly, Susannah (Cameron), Benjamin and Amelia, nephew Peter (Pat), niece Susan, grand-niece Rosie (and daughter Madison) and a vast network of life-long close friends. A driven connector and organizer, Dianne brought her prodigious energy and passion to a wide range of personal and professional interests in government and politics, conservation and planning, the arts and many volunteer roles. After graduating in Geography and Cartography from McMaster University in 1957, she worked with the Metropolitan Toronto and Region Conservation Authority where among other things she developed and supervised the first aerial mapping of Toronto area valley systems and developed flood control property acquisitions, until her first child was born in 1962. In the mid-1960s, while raising three very young children, she joined the Town of Brampton planning committee. Her avid interest in planning issues led to her eventually serving on the Town and later City of Brampton and Region of Peel councils from 1973 to 1985. Upon retiring from elected office, she worked with Bramalea Ltd as a development planner from 1985 to 1991. In 1995 she was appointed Deputy Commissioner with the Ontario government’s Mining and Lands Commission, a role she continued for more than two decades. Dianne also rolled up her sleeves in volunteer and fund raising work for political campaigns and charity and not-for-profit groups, among them the Children’s Aid Society, Peel Memorial Hospital, the Brampton YM-YWCA, Brampton’s Heritage Theater, the Sheridan College board of governors, the Friends of Sauble Beach and the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation. Through it all, she always found time for painting. In addition to her own oil, watercolour and silk works, Dianne was an active force in art galleries and collectives such as Beaux-Arts Brampton and the Bruce County Shoreline Artists Group. Aside from her children, grandchildren and a menagerie of dogs and cats over the decades, Dianne loved Sauble Beach, travelling, musicals, red wine, chocolate and Billy Joel. Many thanks to the staff at Summit Place for their compassionate and loving care for Nana the past three years. A celebration of life will be held next year. In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to one of the many causes close to Dianne’s heart, such as the Brampton Caledon Community Living, Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation, Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation, Southampton Arts, and the Peel Art Gallery Museum + Archives. Arrangements entrusted to the Thomas C. Whitcroft Funeral Home & Chapel, Wiarton (519) 534-5341. Condolences may be expressed online at www.whitcroftfuneralhome.com

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