Sutton, Peter Hutingford

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Peter Hutingford Sutton
15 December 1932 – 25 September 2008
Place of death Kingston, Ontario
Allegiance Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Rank Colonel
Awards CD
Colonel Peter Hutingford Sutton, CD (15 December 1932 – 24 August 2019) was a Canadian soldier who served in the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals.

Early Life

Peter was born to parents Dr. William D. Sutton and Mrs. Edna (Thompson) Sutton of London, Ontario. He had a sister named Ann.


Colonel Sutton joined the Canadian Army in 1949. Commissioned in 1951, he held command and staff appointments including commanding officer of 1 Signal Squadron (January 1966 - July 1967) and 1st Canadian Signal Regiment (August 1969 - August 1971) and Senior Staff Officer at Headquarters, Allied Forces North, in Oslo Norway. He attended the 1965 Australian Army staff college course and later served as directing staff, senior staff officer (plans), and assistant commandant of the Canadian Army staff college.

Personal Life

Peter married Audrey (nee Doerr) and together they had daughters Karen and Ann.

After retirement from the Canadian Forces, Colonel Sutton joined the Public Service of Canada and held senior positions with the Department of National Defence until his retirement in 1991.

Colonel Sutton was Colonel of the 1st Canadian Signal Regiment from 1983 to 1988.

An active volunteer, Colonel Sutton was senior researcher at the Military Communications and Electronics Museum for 25 years. He was part of the team that produced a history of Canadian military communications for the 110th anniversary of the Communications and Electronics Branch in 2013. Colonel Sutton also volunteered with the Correctional Service of Canada as a mentor to inmates preparing for release.

Peter Sutton passed away 24 August 2019 in Kingston, Ontario, aged 86 years. Visitation was held at James Reid Funeral Home, 1900 John Counter Blvd, Kingston on 26 August 2019 from 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM. The funeral service for Colonel Sutton took place at Trinity Chapel, Canadian Forces Base Kingston on 27 August 2019 at 2:00 PM with a private interment to take place at a later date in London, Ontario.

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