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Douglas Edward Cutler
October 6, 2023
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It is with profound sadness and broken hearts, that we, the family of Douglas Edward Cutler announce the passing of our father, husband, grandfather, uncle and friend on October 6, 2023, at Chinook General Hospital in Lethbridge, Alberta. Dad is survived by his loving wife, Sylvia Cutler, daughter, Heather Cutler, sons Robert Cutler and Michael Cutler, grandsons Benjamin, Samuel and Jacob Cutler and brothers Keith and Brian Cutler, many nieces and nephews as well as his beloved pets, JJ, Rudy, Tina, Rascal and Tommy. He was predeceased by his parents, Edward Cutler and Florrie (Shackleton) Cutler and brother Robert Cutler.
Dad was a fun guy with a great sense of humor. He loved to laugh and tease. He was good company. He had many hobbies and over his long life, he tried and exceled at many things including barefoot water skiing, sailing, paddling, horseback riding, archery, farming and building just about anything including many homes. He played many sports from floor hockey, ice hockey, badminton and softball (he was our little league coach and always encouraged me not to run AWAY from the ball!!). He was always easy to spot on the ski hill in his purple ski suit (he looked like Barney). Fashion was not his strong suit!! He loved music and played “a little” guitar and banjo. “Old Dogs and Children and Watermelon Wine” by Tom T. Hall was one of his favorites and he would often be found at a get together, eyes closed, clutching a signature warm bottle of beer, humming along to a country song (never sleeping).
He loved hunting with his buddies and was most at home outdoors or in the woods. He was a softy when it came to pets. He liked pets better than he liked many people and cared for numerous dogs, cats, horses, pigs, cows, rabbits, chickens and goats (one named Gert which he named after his mother) and whatever other stray that we brought home. To his dismay, the pair of rabbits that arrived home from school with us one day were NOT both female!
Dad believed in hard work and taught us responsibility. He woke early and dragged the rest of us, begrudgingly, out of bed too. Early mornings meant early nights and he would regularly be found asleep in the tub with yet another paperback “Duster” floating beside him. He was an avid reader.
Dad was very smart and very kind. He was community minded and always there to lend a hand. I was very proud to call him my dad. We cherished him. He will be dearly missed.
Cremation has taken place. There will be a private family service only. In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to your local animal shelter.