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142 Elm Street, Marblehead, MA

OBITUARY

John "Hooper" Woodfin Martin Bartlett Chapman Cutler

June 7, 1939June 21, 2020
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MARBLEHEAD - John “Hooper” Woodfin Martin Bartlett Chapman Cutler, 81, a lifelong resident of Marblehead, passed away on June 21, 2020. He was the beloved husband, cohort in crime, and best friend of Joan (Goodwin) Doliber Cutler with whom he shared over 26 years of marriage. He was the loving father to Diane Wolf and Lee of Salem, Laura Cutler Jurasek and Joseph of Marblehead, Susan Sloan of Florida, Josene Goodwin of Marblehead, Robert Goodwin and Julie Kiernan of Marblehead; the cherished grandfather of Corey, James, Zachary, Rebecca, Lisa, Katharine, Hannah,Cole, John-Michael and the great-grandfather of Jackson and Juliana; beloved brother of the late Constance Clarke-Rathbun and her husband, Philip. He was a cousin to many and uncle to several nieces and nephews. Hooper was born in Marblehead, the son of the late Harry and Louise (Martin) Cutler. He graduated from Marblehead High School with the Class of 1957, New Hampton School 1958, and attended Colby College. He was a veteran of the US Navy where he served aboard the submarine USS Tunny 1961-1963. He was a Captain on the Marblehead Fire Department from which he retired in 2000 after exactly 33 years of service to the town. He was a proud 59 year member of Marblehead Philanthropic Lodge of Masons. He was also a member of Shriners Aleppo Temple Fire Brigade, Marblehead Submarine Veteran’s Base, Market Square Association, Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, International Association of Firefighters, Gerry 5 Veteran Fireman’s Association, OKO’s Veteran Fireman’s Association, VFW Post 2005, New Hampton Alumni Association, Marblehead COA Men’s Group. Having served on a submarine submerged for months at a time, only surfacing at night to recharge batteries, whether pursuing or being pursued, demanded a certain amount of courage which translated well into a career in the fire service. Being ordered to just get on the fire engine’s back step as his only orientation to the job, Hooper encouraged training, education, and opportunities for every firefighter to excel. He was instrumental in forming the Marblehead Firefighters Union Local 2043. Serving on the executive board and contract negotiating team for 25 years, he enjoyed playing devil’s advocate and working tirelessly for their benefit. The bond with his second family was as strong as that for his brothers on the boats. For 26 years Hooper played Santa Claus at the annual firefighter’s family Christmas party. He delighted in seeing children who had watched Santa slide down the firepole, grow up and return with their own little ones; to sit on his knee, shyly hand him wish lists, whisper hopeful requests in his ear, and occasionally dampen his velvet suit. When the Marblehead Submarine Veteran’s Base was created Hooper was front and center as a plank owner. He looked forward to every meeting, parade, and event. With these brothers he shared the common bonds of having served, traditions upheld, sea stories which always began with “Now this is no . . .”, undying respect, honor, and love, for one another and country. Volunteering at the GAR and Abbot Hall, then becoming a docent, his passion became the telling of Marblehead treasures and history which he felt were often overlooked. Noticing how often he was repeating the story behind the painting of the Spirit of ‘76, he began to tally the yearly number of visitors, sharing the impressive totals with the public. He cherished his Marblehead heritage and the town. Raised in the Ocean Park neighborhood, he lived in five homes within the park, happily imparting his memories of it’s history with many neighbors. Whether working at the polls, teaching cribbage at the COA, serving potluck suppers at the little church in Maine, or helping Joan with her own interests, Hooper believed in giving back for the many blessings he received. Family came first for Hooper. He spoke often about the sense of goodness, self-respect, and great work ethic shared by his children. Grandchildren, even the youngest great-grandchildren, gave him the opportunity to share his fire and sea stories with a new audience. Everyone else had heard them already. For the past few years Hooper enjoyed a frequent ‘‘Boys Night Out” with his three local grandsons. This became a rite of passage for him, if not for them. Not only could he impart words of wisdom and age, but perhaps slip in a few salty tales as well. Spending time in Maine whether at favorite B&Bs, distant island camps, or sharing the lakeside cabin with family and friends, was the highlight of summers and autumns. Yearly drives to and from Florida with Joan each winter frequently became unexpected travel adventures, well journaled, for future reminiscing and wonderment. Trips together to England and Bulgaria founded new friendships and much material for Hooper’s voluminous library of tales. He loved and was loved. As God planned. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Marblehead Council on Aging, 10 Humphrey St, Marblehead, MA 01945 or to the Marblehead Food Pantry, 80 Atlantic Ave, Marblehead, MA 01945. Arrangements are under the care of Eustis & Cornell of Marblehead -781-631-0076. To share a memory or leave online condolences please visit eustisandcornellfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Due to current gathering restrictions, burial services will be private. A memorial Celebration of Hooper's Life will be held and announced at a later date.

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Mark DeNies

July 2, 2020

My deep condolences.

John Collins

July 1, 2020

I had the honor of sounding Taps at his burial.

Andrew Lane

June 30, 2020

Hooper and Ed Kenny taught me the difference between a fairy tale and a sea story. A life lesson I will never forget, and I will be sure to pass down through the generations. Hooper’s smile and quick wit will be sorely missed. I feel privileged to have known such a man.

Our deepest condolences to Joan and family.

The Lane Family

Carsten stigers

June 29, 2020

On behalf of the Officers, Men and Women of the Submarine Service and the United States Submarine Veterans May I offer the prayers and condolences for our shipmate John. May we also offer our prayers to the family and friends of John..

TM3(SS) John Cutler You stand relieved. We who remain, continue the watch. Sailor Rest Your Oar.

Carsten Stigers
National Chaplain
United States Submarine Veterans

Day & Robert Gotschall

June 29, 2020

To Joanie and the entire "Hooper" Clan,

We are saddened by the loss of our dear friend, Hooper. We became friends with Joanie and Hooper during many, many mornings with friends enjoying coffee and breakfast. His stories of his sub and firefighting days are ones we will cherish. Hoop was always happy ~ even in his later years and months. Never did he complain.

We love you Hooper and Joanie and we share in your grief but the memories keep Hoop in our hearts forever. Rest In Peace our Friend.

Day & Gotsch

Ruth Groves

June 29, 2020

May his memory always be a blessing. My heart is with the family today and always.

Mary Ellen Carroll

June 28, 2020

Dear Joan and Family,
I was so sorry to hear of Hooper's passing. He was such a great guy.
May he rest in peace.
With deepest sympathy,
Mary Ellen Carroll

Edward Horton

June 26, 2020

From Freddie and Eddie
So sorry for your loss. Hoop was a gentle and great man. He sponsored both of us to become Masons. Enjoyed his many stories and jokes. Shared alot of laughs during Wednesday night cribbage sessions. Hoop will be fondly remembered and sorely missed. We are better off to have known Hoop. God bless.

Charlie & Linxa Maurais

June 26, 2020

There was only one Hooper Cutler. He was a great firefighter and fire officer. Our careers together were about the same years on the Marblehead Fire Department, so I have had.a few stories together. Fires, bargaining for Local 2043. Conventions, Masonic meeting, etc.
Hooper was a.great friend, brother firefighter.
I will miss his humor, stories and.friendship.
Rest in peace Hoop.

Charlie & Linda Maurais

June 26, 2020

There will only be one Hooper Cutler. I will always remember Hooper as a great firefighter and officer on the Marblehead Fire Department. I had many great stories with Hooper whether fighting fires, bargaining for Local 2043, Conventions he always had stories. Rest in peace Hoop.

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Biography

MARBLEHEAD - John “Hooper” Woodfin Martin Bartlett Chapman Cutler, 81, a lifelong resident of Marblehead, passed away on June 21, 2020. He was the beloved husband, cohort in crime, and best friend of Joan (Goodwin) Doliber Cutler with whom he shared over 26 years of marriage.
He was the loving father to Diane Wolf and Lee of Salem, Laura Cutler Jurasek and Joseph of Marblehead, Susan Sloan of Florida, Josene Goodwin of Marblehead, Robert Goodwin and Julie Kiernan of Marblehead; the cherished grandfather of Corey, James, Zachary, Rebecca, Lisa, Katharine, Hannah,Cole, John-Michael and the great-grandfather of Jackson and Juliana; beloved brother of the late Constance Clarke-Rathbun and her husband, Philip. He was a cousin to many and uncle to several nieces and nephews.
Hooper was born in Marblehead, the son of the late Harry and Louise (Martin) Cutler. He graduated from Marblehead High School with the Class of 1957, New Hampton School 1958, and attended Colby College. He was a veteran of the US Navy where he served aboard the submarine USS Tunny 1961-1963. He was a Captain on the Marblehead Fire Department from which he retired in 2000 after exactly 33 years of service to the town.
He was a proud 59 year member of Marblehead Philanthropic Lodge of Masons. He was also a member of Shriners Aleppo Temple Fire Brigade, Marblehead Submarine Veteran’s Base, Market Square Association, Professional Firefighters of Massachusetts, International Association of Firefighters, Gerry 5 Veteran Fireman’s Association, OKO’s Veteran Fireman’s Association, VFW Post 2005, New Hampton Alumni Association, Marblehead COA Men’s Group.
Having served on a submarine submerged for months at a time, only surfacing at night to recharge batteries, whether pursuing or being pursued, demanded a certain amount of courage which translated well into a career in the fire service. Being ordered to just get on the fire engine’s back step as his only orientation to the job, Hooper encouraged training, education, and opportunities for every firefighter to excel. He was instrumental in forming the Marblehead Firefighters Union Local 2043. Serving on the executive board and contract negotiating team for 25 years, he enjoyed playing devil’s advocate and working tirelessly for their benefit. The bond with his second family was as strong as that for his brothers on the boats. For 26 years Hooper played Santa Claus at the annual firefighter’s family Christmas party. He delighted in seeing children who had watched Santa slide down the firepole, grow up and return with their own little ones; to sit on his knee, shyly hand him wish lists, whisper hopeful requests in his ear, and occasionally dampen his velvet suit.
When the Marblehead Submarine Veteran’s Base was created Hooper was front and center as a plank owner. He looked forward to every meeting, parade, and event. With these brothers he shared the common bonds of having served, traditions upheld, sea stories which always began with “Now this is no . . .”, undying respect, honor, and love, for one another and country. Volunteering at the GAR and Abbot Hall, then becoming a docent, his passion became the telling of Marblehead treasures and history which he felt were often overlooked. Noticing how often he was repeating the story behind the painting of the Spirit of ‘76, he began to tally the yearly number of visitors, sharing the impressive totals with the public. He cherished his Marblehead heritage and the town. Raised in the Ocean Park neighborhood, he lived in five homes within the park, happily imparting his memories of it’s history with many neighbors. Whether working at the polls, teaching cribbage at the COA, serving potluck suppers at the little church in Maine, or helping Joan with her own interests, Hooper believed in giving back for the many blessings he received.
Family came first for Hooper. He spoke often about the sense of goodness, self-respect, and great work ethic shared by his children. Grandchildren, even the youngest great-grandchildren, gave him the opportunity to share his fire and sea stories with a new audience. Everyone else had heard them already. For the past few years Hooper enjoyed a frequent ‘‘Boys Night Out” with his three local grandsons. This became a rite of passage for him, if not for them. Not only could he impart words of wisdom and age, but perhaps slip in a few salty tales as well. Spending time in Maine whether at favorite B&Bs, distant island camps, or sharing the lakeside cabin with family and friends, was the highlight of summers and autumns. Yearly drives to and from Florida with Joan each winter frequently became unexpected travel adventures, well journaled, for future reminiscing and wonderment. Trips together to England and Bulgaria founded new friendships and much material for Hooper’s voluminous library of tales. He loved and was loved. As God planned.
In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to the Marblehead Council on Aging, 10
Humphrey St, Marblehead, MA 01945 or to the Marblehead Food Pantry, 80 Atlantic Ave, Marblehead,
MA 01945.