I echo your sentiments Rene. Suddie was a very kind person. His passion for
genealogy and computers and his knowledge certainly taught me much. I met
Suddie when I was very new to AFHS, although I had already done much in the
way of genealogy and family history. I was using PAF at that time and the
knowledge he imparted of add-ons and alternatives certainly led me to
explore beyond the scope I had envisioned.
A truly wonderful person left his mark on the genealogy world and on the
hearts of many who knew him.
Beyond that words fail me.
] On Behalf
Of Rene Dussome
Sent: Sunday, November 14, 2010 11:03 AM
Subject: Suddie Mumford
It was with a heavy heart that I read Suddie's obituary in this morning's
Calgary Herald. Sadly, he passed away on the same day as we held our monthly
Computer Group meeting. This group of computer-buffs and family history
enthusiasts was very close to Suddie's heart from the early days when we met
in a provincial government building in downtown Calgary through to our
present location in the Lounge area of the LDS Church on 17th Avenue SW.
He was always willing to pass on his knowledge to us whether by way of
explaining the intricacies of DNA testing or through his website detailing
the pros and cons of various genealogy programs. If at all possible,
whenever he was asked, he spoke to our group on such topics as researching
the Mumford family in the Western Islands of Scotland and writing a book
about his family. His newest book was truly a work of art but the one that
most impressed me was a hastility put-together family book which came to
fruition between one monthly meeting and the next.
Suddie's contribution to family history in Calgary knew no bounds. He served
for some time as a researcy assistant at the Family History Centre where he
was well-liked and respected by his fellow staff members and family history
patrons alike. He also served on the Board of AFHS but I will let others who
are more familiar with his work there pay tribute to his work in that
Personally, I feel I have lost a close friend and I feel sure my sentiments
wil be shared by many members of our Society and beyond into the
International genealogical community.
We shall miss you Suddie and never forget you.
Now I shall read some of the other tributes I notice coming through on
Dist-Gen. A special thanks to Gordon Hulbert for keeping us up-to-date on
Suddie's condition through his trying illnesses over the last few years.