William G. Sutter Jr.
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.
WILLIAM G. SUTTER JR.