OBITUARY

Alison Grace McCutchen

June 1, 1969January 10, 2021

Alison Grace McCutchen (Gardiner), 51, of Orleans, Mass, formerly of Baltimore, MD, died Sunday, January 10th after a long and courageous battle with cancer. She was born to the late J. Martin and Mary Gardiner (Cronin) on June 1, 1969. She grew up in the neighborhood of Bolton Hill and attended the Institute of Notre Dame High School. She graduated from Frostburg State University and completed her Nursing degree at Cape Cod Community College. Alison spent time exploring the country as a traveling RN before settling in Cape Cod. She was a dedicated and well-respected nurse at Cape Cod Hospital for twenty years. She will be remembered as loving caregiver to all of the lives she touched at the hospital and in the community. Alison was a lover of life and of people. She brightened any room with her positive attitude and infectious laugh. Her significant long-lasting friendships are a testament to the loyal and caring friend she was to so many. But being a mother to one, was the great joy of her life. Alison is survived by her son, Sawyer Cliff and her husband, Stephen H. McCutchen Jr. of Orleans, Mass. She also leaves behind her loving siblings: Beth Anne and James Gardiner, and Kathryn MacDonald (Gardiner), along with their families that meant so much to her. A celebration of life will be planned for family and friends, information to be shared at a later date. For online condolences, please visit www.nickersonfunerals.com.

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john sully

January 21, 2021

My heart bleeds for Steve, Sawyer and the entire family.I am so very sorry for the loss of such an amazing lady.In time I hope you will be proud and thankful that she was in your lives. God bless .

Leslie (Abbott) Pouliot

January 21, 2021

Dear Steve, Sawyer, and Family,
Heartfelt sympathy to you for the loss of Allison. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers.
Leslie (Abbott) Pouliot

alice long juliano

January 20, 2021

Some people come into our lives and
quickly go, and others stay and leave
Footprints on our hearts, and we are
never the same.
Dear Katie,
I got to know Alison when selling your
Dad's house and buying his boat. Of course to know her was to love her.
I am so sad for all of you, and my heart
breaks for Sawyer. She left him a life
long gift of complete mother's love.
My thoughts and prayers are with all of you.
Love, Alice J

Paula Sheaffer

January 20, 2021

Steve, Sawyer, and family,
Alison was such a wonderful person, as people said, she did light up a room every time she entered one. I will miss her. My thoughts and prayers to all of you. A light surely has gone out in the world.
Paula

Mary MARTIN

January 20, 2021

I've tried this message twice already but words fail what I want to say about my cousin, Al, and if anyone knows me, they know words do not usually fail me.
Alison is a presence even though she has left us. Her enormous smile, her happy laughter. her caring and listening to others. No one or thing can diminish that from our memory. At times a wild thing! But as a mother... Sawyer she loves you beyond life. Take the time to sit quite, close your eyes and feels her presence. She will always be with you and us.

Michele White

January 20, 2021

Steve and Sawyer,
Very, very sad to hear of your loss of Alison. I knew her through working at the East Orleans Post Office because she would come in occasionally to get her mail. She was so nice and genuinely happy to see us whenever she came in. If you were having a quiet, dull day once Alison came in you always felt so much better, she was infective with her energy. She put up a good fight and truly still always came in positive. I will miss you Alison and I'm sorry Steve and Sawyer for your sadness. Sawyer, your Mom brought in a photo of you one day to hang on my kid pic wall at the PO, she loved to talk about you. God bless you guys.
Fondly,
Michele White

Samantha Webb

January 20, 2021

The light in my life got a little dimmer when you left this world Ali, but heaven got a whole lot brighter! I hope you are soaring high above, finally free to rest after fighting so hard for so long...I will always treasure your friendship and the friendships that we shared together. So much love and laughter and good times.
Sending prayers and strength to Sawyer and Steve today and always.
XO Sam, Aaron, Sophia and Cha-Cha

linda martin

January 19, 2021

Allison had one of the most difficult nursing jobs in the hospital. Case management is highly stressful and she was one of the best. Her smile was contagious, and her empathy was sincere. I feel privileged to have worked with and met such a wonderful caring woman.

Paul Armstrong

January 19, 2021

I met Alison in the neighborhood where we grew up, she was part of the crew down on john street. At swim meets she and her brother James were the "Elite" swimmers. She was beautiful and had a big smile. She worked at a local restaurant that she and I treasured and I worked there too, Louie's Bookstore Cafe, best restaurant working experience ever. It was fun and mischief filled. Alison went/worked at "Camp" called Club Venture for people with disabilities. That is where we lost ourselves for a week and a half at the end of summer, with fun days with the people attending and the other counselors, and nights full of mischief, bonding, fires and fun. With the sleep deprivation and adult beverages it was almost cult like. Alison shone as a counselor. She was a roommate of my sister in law, Gwen, that she met there at Frostburg. At Camp she would regale us of stories, I particularly liked the stories of her following the Grateful Dead selling trinkets as she traveled across the country. I saw Alison less frequently in the later years bc I was here in Balto, but every visit was special. I hugged her so hard at Lily's Bat mitzvah and at the Octoberfest. she made me feel special and she made me smile.

Alison made me happy, every time we met. There is no greater gift than that.

"Like everyone else
I feel the need of relations and friendship, of affection, of friendly intercourse, and I am not made of stone or iron, so I cannot miss these things without feeling, as does any other intelligent man, a void and deep need.
I tell you this to let you know how much good your visit has done me."
-Vincent Van Gogh
"Life is nothing without friendship" -Cicero
"When the Sun shines on you, you see your friends. Friends are the thermometers by which one may judge the temperatures of our fortunes."
Alison gave us all a fortune.

Sherri Baker

January 19, 2021

I first met Alison when she came to my daycare with this beautiful baby boy blue eyed blonde haired bundle of energy, the first thing I noticed was Alison's smile which lit up a room, and her deep love and admiration for her son. Alison was the best mother, one of the best I knew. We became friends through this special time that I took care of her son. Her smile will be forever missed.