Dean Scoular SUGGETT
March 8, 1930 (Bentley, Alberta) to June 26, 2023 (Edmonton, Alberta)
Dean Scoular Suggett of Edmonton passed away peacefully, on Monday, June 26, at the age of 93.
Dean married his beloved wife Donna on July 3, 1959, enjoying 63 years of marriage.
Dean grew up on a farm near Bentley, Alberta among his loving parents, two sets of grandparents and five brothers and sisters. He was always grateful for the childhood he was able to experience growing up on the farm. He attended a one room country school, played hockey and baseball all during his growing up years. His family was very musical hosting dance parties in their parlour. Dean learned to play fiddle listening to his uncle , mom and grandparents and he went on to play fiddle in several country orchestras where the community danced all night long. He started hunting with his father’s hunting party at the age of 16 and later enjoyed many years in the bush with his two sons enjoying the peace and tranquility of the Alberta foothills. Dean had a very creative and sensitive heart and wrote about his life including numerous poems which are now keepsakes for the family. He loved being active and his time away from work was always with his family engaging in sports such as downhill and water skiing and camping. The family always had fun and adventurous summer holidays in the Shuswap.
Dean first attended Olds College and completed an Agriculture diploma. He then chose to pursue a career in wireless communications, beginning with an electronics diploma from Southern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1956. Dean’s first trip to Canada’s north was a one year adventure beginning in 1956 as a radio operator (morse code) in Coppermine, on the coast of the Artic Ocean. He played fiddle with the Inuit for their drum dances as they had incorporated Scottish fiddle music passed on to their community by the early explorers. He then returned to the farm and met and fell in love with Donna. They married and began a seven year adventure beginning in Yellowknife, then Dawson City and finally Fort Smith. Their boys were born in Yellowknife and their daughter was born in Dawson City. After purchasing their home in Edmonton in 1966, Dean worked for Communications Canada. Family life and retirement were filled with adventure; camping, skiing, hunting, traveling, summer vacations in the Shuswap, and many winters in Vancouver with their daughter and her family.
Dean was preceded by his parents (Cecil and Gertrude), brothers (Irvine, Barry) and sister (Barbara). Surviving Dean are his wife Donna, sisters Margaret and Kathleen, sons Jack (Maureen) and David (Maureen), daughter Anne Jopling (Tom); seven grandchildren: Ben (Kayleigh), Katherine (Jesse), Natalie (Mac), Sean, Grace, Ellen (Scott) and Nairn; and four great-grandchildren: Ezra, Levi, Torin and Josie.
Dean’s family wish to thank all the people who helped us with Dad’s final adventure with special thanks to Dr. Fraser Armstrong, Peter Ajang (personal home care) and the beautiful staff at The Good Samaritan Dr. Gerald Zetter Care Centre.
The family want to offer a special message of gratitude to Dean’s granddaughter Grace whose care of and commitment to her grandpa in the last year of his life allowed him to stay in his family home almost until the end. She offered sweet and gentle love and support that will be eternally appreciated.
Dean and Donna had a beautiful life together and were so loved by their family and friends.
From a handwritten note by Dean
…My lasting thoughts.
More times than I could count, I have been away on those cutlines (hunting), beyond the sound of all vehicles. Only the odd squirrel may sound. It is my feeling the quiet is so perfect you could hear it. God gave me that. He must have for it to happen so frequently. I feel sure one does not need to belong to a church or faith. Only the Almighty Lord himself. Because one does not attend a church regularly does not keep God from being with us. Your own faith is something he accepts.
I’ve had a perfect life. Dean
A family celebration of Dean’s life will be held at a later date.