Wil­liam G. Sut­ter Jr.

Dorchester Star - - Obituaries -

TRAPPE — Wil­liam G. Sut­ter Jr. passed away at home on Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 2, 2016. He was 75.

He had a driv­ing pas­sion to cre­ate his own style of carved and painted, de­tailed repli­cas of liv­ing birds, mostly of the wa­ter­fowl va­ri­ety. Known as WG the Carver, to­day his work is greatly ad­mired, highly prized and much soughtafter by art col­lec­tors. The carv­ing started when he was in his twen­ties. Many years of prac­tice cul­mi­nated in his art­ful and dis­tinc­tive style.

If you wanted one of his pieces, you couldn’t sim­ply buy it. But you could vie to own it by mak­ing a sub­stan­tial do­na­tion to a char­ity. Some of the char­i­ties that have ben­e­fit­ted from his gen­eros­ity are The Avalon Foun­da­tion, The Ni­cholas E. Bram­ble “Iron­man” Foun­da­tion, The Tal­bot Spe­cial Rid­ers, Take a Kid Out­doors, The Coastal Con­ser­va­tion As­so­ci­a­tion and most re­cently CASA.

Wil­liam G. Sut­ter Jr. be­gan his ca­reer as Manag­ing Part­ner of Sut­ter, Sut­ter and Adams, a Pitts­burgh firm fo­cus­ing on com­mer­cial and real es­tate law. Early in his ca­reer, he be­came Gen­eral Coun­sel for the Re­de­vel­op­ment Author­ity of the City of Pitts­burgh.

In 1969, he was a part­ner in the de­vel­op­ment of Cen­tral Med­i­cal Pavilion, one of the first new-con­struc­tion pro­pri­etary hos­pi­tals east of the Mis­sis­sippi River.

That en­ter­prise was fol­lowed by many oth­ers; the ac­qui­si­tion of oper­at­ing steel pro­cess­ing fa­cil­i­ties, the ex­port of steel in­dus­try equip­ment and tech­nol­ogy to third world coun­tries, the ac­qui­si­tion of health care and nurs­ing care fa­cil­i­ties, the own­er­ship of a 360-seat gourmet restau­rant over­look­ing the city of Pitts­burgh, the de­vel­op­ment of fiber op­tic light­ing prod­ucts, and a ven­ture in the cryo­genic stor­age of stem cells.

He was no stranger to start-up projects and took great pride in be­ing a syn­er­gist: con­nect­ing those with ideas to those with the abil­ity to bring the ideas to re­al­iza­tion.

He also created an in­ter­na­tional in­vest­ment mar­ket­place for the rare Egyp­tian Ara­bian horse that brought buy­ers from around the world.

Af­ter grad­u­a­tion from Penn Hills High School just out­side of Pitts­burgh, he ob­tained his Bach­e­lor of Arts de­gree from Al­legheny Col­lege in Meadville, PA. He worked his way by singing du­wop mu­sic with his grand tenor voice and his band Wil­lie Sut­ton and the In­no­cents.

He earned his Juris Doc­tor from Duquesne Univer­sity, work­ing his way through law school by driv­ing a cab through the con­torted streets of the “Burgh”.

WG took great pride in his Ir­ish-Ger­man her­itage, ac­quir­ing dual cit­i­zen­ship to Ire­land and unit­ing the fam­ily in Ire­land with the fam­ily in the States.

He is sur­vived by his wife Nancy Sny­der of Trappe; his sis­ter Marian Sut­ter of Hum­mel­stown, PA; his brother, Paul E. Sut­ter and his wife Lou Ann of Pitts­burgh; his daugh­ter Eden Reynolds, her hus­band, James, their chil­dren, Maura and Nolan of Jack­sonville, FL; his son, Wil­liam G. Sut­ter III and his wife Marci of White Oak, PA and their chil­dren, Cameron, Erin, Syd­ney and Rachel.

He is pre­de­ceased by his par­ents, Wil­liam G. and Mar­garet Sut­ter, and a brother, Ed­ward J. Sut­ter Sr.

This is a man who was hand­some in a tux, but com­fort­able in camo, re­laxed with a fish­ing pole in the sum­mer salt air, but en­er­gized by the freez­ing rain of a mid-win­ter hunt, over­flow­ing with amaz­ing sto­ries, but great at lis­ten­ing to a needy friend, silly and hu­mor­ous, but se­ri­ous and stud­ied.

He loved his dogs, his Ir­ish her­itage, his chil­dren and grand­chil­dren, his Eastern Shore home, his wife, his ducks, his mu­sic and his count­less friends. Each one of these loves was at the top of his list.

Friends may call on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 8, from 6-8 p.m. and Sun­day, Oc­to­ber 9, from Noon to 1 p.m. fol­lowed im­me­di­ately by a Cel­e­bra­tion of Life at Fel­lows, Helfen­bein & New­nam Fu­neral Home, P.A., 200 S. Har­ri­son St., Eas­ton.

In lieu of flow­ers, please make a do­na­tion to the char­ity of your choice or to the Izaak Walton League Mid-Shore Chap­ter, P.O. Box 962, Eas­ton, MD 21601.

For on­line con­do­lences, please visit www.fh­n­fu­neral home.com.


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