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880 Hopmeadow Street
P.O. Box 335
Simsbury, CT 06070
Phone: 860-658-7613
Fax: 860-651-0476
Gordon Rutherford

Gordon Darwent Rutherford

April 29, 1934 - June 24, 2019
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Gordon Darwent Rutherford, 85, passed peacefully after a long illness on June 24, 2019. He is survived by his wife, Diana (Sayers) Rutherford, with whom he shared over 55 years of marriage. Gordon was born in Wethersfield to the late Theodore and Irene (Tourtellotte) Rutherford, and spent his childhood on Nott Street, at the Cove, and in the local ball parks. After service in the artillery unit of the U.S. Army in Sampigny, France, Gordon worked for over 38 years at Connecticut General Life Insurance, later Cigna, in the printing and reprographics department. It was there in 1961 that he met Diana, and they raised their family in the Simsbury Village of Tariffville among neighbors who became extended family. A lifelong golfer, Gordon was active for over 45 years in the men’s league at the Simsbury Farms Golf Course where he held an enviable handicap of 9, and happily landed a hole-in-one on the 4th hole. When not on the greens, his favorite pastimes were cheering on the New York Yankees and UConn Huskies, or cursing the New York Giants. A wonderful father and proud grandfather, he most enjoyed spending time with his family and grandchildren, and never missed an opportunity to make any child in his presence laugh at his jests or his expense.

In addition to his wife, Gordon leaves his brother Bruce (Lillian) Rutherford, children Susan (Greg) Orred, Steven Rutherford, Leslie (Jeff) Reynolds, and Daniel (Kelly) Rutherford, seven beloved grandchildren, and cherished nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his sister, Carole Chester.

Friends may call at the Vincent Funeral Home, 880 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury on Friday, June 28th from 3:00 to 6:00 PM. A memorial service will be held at The First Church of Christ, 689 Hopmeadow Street in Simsbury at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 29th. Memorial contributions may be made to the Friends of Simsbury Farms, 100 Old Farms Rd, Simsbury, CT 06070 or The American Cancer Society. To send online condolences to the family, please visit Gordon’s “Book of Memories” at .
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  • Visitation

    June 28, 2019 | 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    June 28, 2019 3:00pm - 6:00pm
    Vincent Funeral Home - Simsbury
    880 Hopmeadow Street
    Simsbury, CT 06070
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  • Service

    June 29, 2019 | 11:00am
    June 29, 2019 11:00am
    First Church of Christ
    689 Hopmeadow Street
    Simsbury, CT 06070
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  • Interment

    First Church of Christ Memorial Garden
    Simsbury, CT 06070


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Tom Sayers

Posted at 02:34pm
Sorry we cannot make the services this weekend, but I am glad my visit on 5/21 was in time to see Gordon and have a quiet chat with him. He remarked what a great family he had to care for him and I told him what a good a father he had been and how loved he was by everyone. His body was failing, but his mind was clear and as always, he had his wry sense of humor. Both Sherry and I extend our deepest sympathies to all of you. His memory will live on with all our family for years to come. Love, Tom & Sherry, Jason Eli and Elina Sayers.

Kendra Ketchin

Posted at 01:01pm
Dear Rutherford family,
I was saddened to hear of Gordon’s passing. I had met him a few times with Diana in the grocery store.
I know what a close and supportive family you are. That keeps wonderful memories alive.
Susan, Diana and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers!

Kendra Ketchin

John Sperger

Posted at 12:04pm
Dear Susan and Family,

We were sorry to read about your wonderful Father's passing in yesterday's on-line Hartford Courant. We remember you speaking of him many times and what a terrific golfer he was as well - we know where your boys got the gift.

Be well and treasure those Golden Memories.

With deepest sympathy,
Diane & John Sperger

Vic Neumann

Posted at 08:05pm
As a volunteer with the Farmington Valley VNA I had the pleasure of meeting Gordon. Gordon had expressed a liking for dogs so I brought my therapy dog, Yulee to visit him and I have very fond memories of the time we spent together. His wit and sense of humor kept me on my toes and I'll never forget the "Bark Jaw" gag that he got me with. We shared memories of the old NY Giants Football team and of course our mutual fondness for the Yankees. I will never forget Gordon and valued our time together.

Kris Kory

Posted at 01:13pm
Laurie and I want to wish you our deepest sympathies! Your Dad must have been a one in a million. With awesome kids like Leslie and Dan, he must have been amazing! Love and hugs!
Kris Kory and Laurie Beaver

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