Hugh passed away peacefully Tuesday morning at Rest Haven Lodge, Sidney, BC. Hugh was born in Calgary, Alberta and moved with his family to Victoria in his teen years. He is survived by his loving wife Shirley, daughter Jeannie Repsch (Harry), grandchildren Meghan Truong (Allan), Erin Littlejohn (Sean Killins) and David Repsch (Danielle).  He also leaves his great grandchildren Kinley, Rowan, Nathan, brother Ian Sutherland and sister Myrna Wooster. He will be missed by many special relatives and friends. Hugh was predeceased by son Murray and brothers Jim, Art and Don.

After graduating from Victoria High School, Hugh had a long career as a machine technician and retired from DND Esquimalt in 1988. As hobbies, Hugh enjoyed oil painting, photography, golfing,  traveling, mentoring sea cadets, rock work, gardening and wood work. He was especially skilled and admired for his work making stringed instruments. He was also a member of the Violin Makers of BC, the Vancouver Island Scottish Country Dance Society and Saltire Society.

A Celebration of Hugh’s Life will be held in the Sequoia Centre at McCall Gardens, 4665 Falaise Drive, Victoria BC, on Friday November 15, 2019 at 2:30 pm. Reception to follow.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to BC Cancer Agency,, 2410 Lee Avenue, Victoria, BC V8R 6V5.

Condolences may be offered to the family below.

McCall Gardens


  • Pete Mason

    Very sorry to hear of Hugh’s passing away. I have always enjoyed the Guanini del Jesu violin I bought from him back in 1993. May he rest in peace. +

  • Cindy Stewart (Sutherland)

    My Dearest Aunty Shirley,
    It is with great love and respect that I am writing this. Uncle Hugh was a very kind uncle and very dear friend. The family get-togethers were always filled with love and music with Uncle Hugh in the center of it all. It is my sincerest hope that you, Jeannie, and all family members remember him with the highest admiration that he is so deserving of. He will be remembered today, tomorrow and always.

    With Sincere Sympathy,

  • Denise York

    I was so sorry to hear about Hugh. He was such a special person!!! I will be thinking of you on Friday.

  • Susan Taylor

    Dear Shirley, We are so sad to learn of Hugh’s passing. Lois and I greatly regret that we will be unable to attend Hugh’s Celebration of Life as we are taking a holiday together to Palm Springs and will be away on the 15th unfortunately. We would very much have liked to be with you and your family. We send our love and condolences for your great loss instead. Hugh was such a treasured friend of our father. Another beautiful soul has passed. Much love and sympathy to you at this sad time. Susan and Graham Taylor

  • Anne &Archie Skirving

    Shirley, Archie and I wish to express our sympathy to you and your family. Hugh had a full and interesting life, may he Rest In Peace. Thank you for your friendship and hospitality to us when we visited with Jack and Joanne.
    Thinking of you at this time.

    Anne & Archie Skirving

  • Linda Sutherland Boulet

    thank you uncle Hugh for being there for me when my Mom couldn’t …you and Aunty Shirley took me in …and made me feel special …lots of wonderful memories….you are my Angel in heaven now…you have been blessed with a big family that loves you forever….love Linda

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