Mass of Christian Burial for Donald “Pappy” Sutton

October 25, 2023

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held for Donald “Pappy” Sutton at the Chapel of Saint Michael the Archangel on Saint Michael’s College’s campus.  

Sutton, who is best known as one of the founders of Saint Michael’s Fire and Rescue, passed away on Oct. 14, 2023, at the age of 95. The Mass in his memory will begin at 10 a.m., and it can also be viewed via livestream at the link below. Burial will be private at the convenience of the family. 


Don and women

Louise Stafford ’72 greets former Dean of Students from her student days (and Saint Michael’s Fire and Rescue Founder) Don “Pappy” Sutton at an event on campus.

In his own words through his obituary, Sutton said, “Thank you, God, for allowing me to walk this earth for so many years. I have been so richly blessed and have lived the best life possible. You gave me special gifts, my wife Rose Marie and daughter Joy, and then you made a place for us at Saint Michael’s College to call home.”

He added, “It is time for me to continue my journey and move on to my next job. Please, if you feel like doing something in my memory, think of the charity or program in your area that you are passionate about and donate your time or money. My very special place, Camp Ta Kum Ta in South Hero, VT, where there is only happiness for the children until there is no cancer, will accept donations that will be set aside for the maintenance of the chapel. What would be of most importance would be to take action and do good by helping others in your lifetime.

God Bless everyone, now, reach out and touch someone and help them.” 

Read a full obituary for Donald “Pappy” Sutton through Ready Funeral Home here. >>  

Members of the media: Please contact Associate Director of Public Relations Liz Murray at before coming to campus. Photography and videography will not be permitted in the chapel during Friday’s services. 

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