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Obituary for Edward Abraham Suderman

Edward Abraham (Ed) Suderman
November 29, 1944 - April 19, 2024

Edward A. Suderman slipped away in his sleep in the early hours of April 19th. He had been suffering from heart, lung and kidney issues for sometime but continued to go to his legal office as he could. Though the family is deeply saddened by this sudden loss they are comforted to know that Ed is free from pain and struggle.

Ed is predeceased by his parents, John P. and Helena Suderman, sister Erna, brother Peter. He is survived by his loving wife of almost 56 years, Ingrid, children Edward, Lauren (Jonathan Headley) and five grandchildren, Madi, Elijah, Gabriel, Maelle and Miriam; sisters, Luella, Lydia and Elfrieda; brothers, John, Jack, Henry and Gerald.
Ed grew up on a chicken farm and hatchery on North Clearbrook Road in Abbotsford. He and his brothers always had chores to do before and after school. He attended MEI (Mennonite Educational Institute) from Gr. 7-13 distinguishing himself academically and athletically. He excelled in soccer (goalie), softball (pitcher), track and field and basketball. He was named to the BC High School Boys’ Basketball Tournament 1st All Stars in 1961, 62 and 63 with his team winning the BC Championship the latter year.

He attended Seattle Pacific University on a full-ride basketball scholarship 1963-64 but when pressured to join their track team and stay year-round he decided to switch to UBC. Ed married his high school sweetheart, Ingrid Sawatzky, on June 22, 1968. He graduated with a Law Degree in 1971. Over his years of practising law, he spent significant time with his law firm Robertson, Ward, Suderman and Bowes, eventually joining the national firm of Lang Mitchener. In 1993 he went into sole practice specializing in Corporate Law and working on behalf of several First Nations Bands.

Ed enjoyed being assistant coach for his children’s baseball teams and subsequently watching his grands play their respective sports. He became a member of Capilano Golf and Country Club in 1987, never being able to spend quite as much time there as he would have liked. He did manage two holes-in-one during his lifetime.

He was a valued member of the Killarney Park MB Church Board for a number of years; the Anabaptist Foundation; president of the Canadian Music Centre and member of the BC Chapter.

We remember Ed as someone with intelligence, wit, and compassion. He always had time to discuss an issue of merit and was a measured sounding board. Above all he loved God and sought to live a life that would honour Him.
Celebration of Life Service will be held at Highlands United Church, 3255 Edgemont Blvd, North Vancouver at 1:00 pm on Friday, May 17th.

In lieu of flowers the family would appreciate donations to