Eric Sutherland is the father of Kirk Sutherland and Maria Connor. He first appeared on 19th May 2000, when Jack Duckworth and Tyrone Dobbs were looking to mate Tyrone's greyhound Monica with one of the studs from his kennels.
He returned on 20th October 2008 to console his daughter following the death of her husband Liam. He carried the coffin at Liam's funeral after Tony Gordon had to comfort a grief-stricken Carla. This caused Liam's mother Helen to be unhappy, as Eric didn't know Liam.
Eric and Dot attended Kirk's wedding to Beth Tinker in January 2015. In October that year, Eric contacted Maria to inform her that her mother had broken her hip. Maria and Liam flew to Cyprus to help look after her.
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