Suzanne Birks

July 18, 1940 ~ May 25, 2021 (age 80)



Suzanne Hodge Birks (Suzie) 80 Madison CT passed away peacefully on May 25, 2021. Predeceased by parents Hubert Hodge and Grace Tinker Hodge of Woodbridge CT her husband Robert Birks who shared her love of Golden Retrievers and her sister Dian Rice of CT. Survived by Sister Joan Joos and husband Richard Joos of NH and brother Hubert Hodge of CT. Loved and known as Aunt Golden Suzie by 6 nieces and nephews and 7 great nieces and nephews, whom she never forgot a birthday or occasion with.  She was director of Wholesales Division of SOURCE Inc, for more than 40 years. She was a cherished, and kind, employee she was loved by staff and costumers. Suzie was a devoted breeder and preservationist of Golden Retrievers for over 40 years. She bred, co-bred, co-owned with friend and mentor Marjorie Trowbridge with many wins but most famous was Am/Can Ch Birks Sage Derby of Ankrist, SDHF won Best of Opposite Sex at Westminster KC, not once but twice. Suzie spent years of volunteering at High Hopes Therapeutic Riding Center and was a life time member of Golden Retriever Club of America and Golden Retriever Club overseas. She was a member of both Hudson Valley and Yankee Golden Retriever Clubs and All Breed KC Kenilworth KC. She was an active member at Saint Andrews Episcopal Church where she would be found ushering, and volunteered infinite hours. The family would like to extend a heartfelt gratitude to Suzie’s long time co-breeder, friend and caregiver Laura Way for her dedication and love she shared over the past many years.

Celebration of Suzie’s live will be graveside Saturday June 5th at 11 am at Eastside Cemetery, Pease Rd. Woodbridge, CT. All are welcome to break bread immediately after at 12 Overlook Lane Guilford, CT

Donations may be made is Suzie’s name to Golden Retriever Foundation High Hopes 36 Townwood Rd. Old Lyme CT 06371. The Hawley Lincoln Memorial is in charge of arrangements. To sign the online guestbook please visit


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