Thomas H. McCutcheon Sr.

Thomas H. McCutcheon Sr.

Thomas H. McCutcheon Sr.


            Chatham – Thomas H. McCutcheon Sr. died January 27, 2017 at Liberty Commons in Chatham at age 98.

            Born and raised in Newton, in 1918, the son of Norman and Helene (Hoyt) McCutcheon, he graduated from Washington and Lee University with a degree in industrial engineering. 

            He retired as a Commander from the Navy and Naval Reserve. He served as Executive Officer on the USS Blessman and participated in both the Normandy invasion and the battle of Iwo Jima during WWII.  Later, he taught Orientation to Command to law students as part of the Naval Reserve School at Harvard University.

            After the war, he returned to the States to marry the love of his life Virginia “Ginny” Terhune and together they raised three sons.

            He worked for many years at NECCO, where he helped develop several of their signature candy bars including the Skybar and the Rolo, and later as VP of manufacturing at Shrafft’s.  Before retiring, he worked in the publishing industry as VP at Houghton Mifflin and plant manager for Rand McNally. After retiring, Tom and Ginny moved to Chatham in 1983.

            Tom was an avid tennis player and was proud of the many trophies he won over the years. He continued to play competitively into his late seventies.

            Tom was predeceased by his parents, his brother Norman Jr., his wife Virginia and his son David. He leaves his sons Michael and his wife Carol of Manchester, N.H. and Thomas Jr. of Fremont, N.H., his grandchildren Lance and his wife Melissa McCutcheon, Shelly and her husband Matthew Capen, Katie and her husband David Itse, and six great grandchildren.

            A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Saturday Feb. 18th at First Congregational Church of Chatham.

            In remembrance, donations may be made to the First Congregational Church of Chatham, 650 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633

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