Edward A. Sutula

Born: Sun., Jan. 12, 1936
Died: Fri., Jun. 7, 2019

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Edward A. Sutula, 83, of Erie, passed away on June 7, 2019. He was born January 12, 1936 to the late Joseph and Genevieve (Czajkowski) Sutula.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Roxine (Rodger) Sutula, and his sister, Barbara Bolt.

He served in the United States Air Force as a Staff Sergeant. After the Air Force he worked as an orderly in a hospital in Great Falls, Montana. He moved back to Erie where he owned and operated Sutula’s Garage for over 50 years. His quote on his wrecker, “Not a specialist, but the best darn mechanic.” He also enjoyed baking and cooking.

He is survived by his three daughters, Jenny Snyder (Joseph) of Girard, Christy Dailey of Orlando, Fl., Paula Meyer of Erie, grandchildren, Sarah and Tod of Girard, Julie and Jeff of Buffalo, Ny., Moria and Dan of Chicago, IL., Ian of Orlando, Fl, Erin and Seth of Erie, great grandchildren, Reilly of Girard, Hudson and Hank of Buffalo, Ny., and Ruby of Chicago, IL., brothers, Chet, Raymond, Gary, and Mike Sutula and sister, Theresa Augustine.

Services and burial are private. Memorial contributions may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis TN 38105 or the Anna Shelter, 1555 East 10th Street, Erie, PA 16511. Arrangements are being handled by the Edward J. Garr Funeral Home, Inc., 459 East 12th Street, Erie, PA 16503. Please send condolences to garrdavisfuneralhome.com

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Kay Blinzler
   Posted Mon June 10, 2019
Ed was our trusted mechanic for over 40 years and showed such kindness to my husband and me through all those years. I am so sorry for your loss-my sympathy and prayers to his family.

Del Birch
   Posted Mon June 10, 2019
My deepest sympathies on the passing of Ed. He (and Skipper) were anchors in the East Bayfront neighborhood and will be missed and remembered.

Karen Dibble
   Posted Mon June 10, 2019
Sorry for your loss.Prayers to all of you.

Fr. Steven Simon
   Posted Mon June 10, 2019
Jenny, Christy, Paula, sons-in-law and grandchildren of Edward Sutula,
I am the rector of the Russian Orthodox Church of the Nativity. I knew your beloved father as a neighbor and as my mechanic. I started using him as my mechanic when one of my colleagues at Mercyhurst College (I also taught there for 25 years) recommended using your father's shop because as he told me: "Not only is Ed an excellent mechanic, but he is a very classy man whose shop is immaculate, and who pipes in classical music. Where else could you service your car finding such a classy place and classy mechanic?" . My colleague perfectly described your father (and mother). As you well know, they were wonderful people. Please accept my deepest condolences and also surprise. I spoke with your father only two weeks ago and he sounded fine, so I am assuming that his repose was sudden, and perhaps unexpected. His passing is a loss to all who knew him. May God grant him eternal rest with the saints!
Fr. Steven Pimen Simon

Lawrence Maxted
   Posted Mon June 10, 2019
Ed took care of my cars for over three decades but he did more than that. He was always a friend to share my life events. He was there for me through celebrations and tragedies. We always had something to talk about from politics to Disney.

I shall miss him dearly.

Amir Khalilollahi
   Posted Tue June 11, 2019
Hard to believe Ed is gone... that I will never hear "Godbye" on the phone from him. We were privileged to have him for more than a 3 decade as our best car doctor. It was a joy talking to him and seeking his advices.

With heartfelt sympathy,


Don McKinstry
   Posted Wed June 12, 2019
Mr. Sutula and I always addressed one another as "Mr.". This was a sign of respect. I would enter the Garage and hear a hardy Mr. McKinstry. I will never hear that again. I feel so sad. As a businessman I trusted Mr. Sutula 100%! In this he was unique. We became friends, talked of many things. There is a lesson here. This fine man was always cheerful, positive in outlook. I believe the good things one does, their honesty, go out into the world and influence others. Does this influence really ever end? Mr. Sutula was one of the best men I have ever known. I will miss him greatly.

Becky Boyer-Hardin
   Posted Wed June 12, 2019
My grandparents and then me and my family lived on Ash St. by the garage. The first time he fixed your car was the last time anyone else would touch it. Many felt the same. Could always trust his 'diagnosis ' to be spot on. He took such good care of my Honda-he bought it! Mr.and Mrs. Sutula were highly respected and will be missed. I wish I would have stopped at Sutula's Garage that one day a few years ago. Always think there's going to be another chance. Condolences to the family.

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