Philip A. Cutting

  • Born: July 6, 1934
  • Died: October 15, 2017
  • Location: Norton, Massachusetts

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605 Washington St
PO Box 34
Easton, MA 02375
Tel. (508) 238-4269

Tribute & Message From The Family

NORTON--Mr. Philip A. Cutting formerly of Southport and New London, CT, passed away on October 15th at the age of 83.

Phil was born to parents Annie Angus and Lloyd Cutting in Sharon, CT. He grew up in Southport, CT. He attended Mount Herman School and Tufts University both in MA. After school, he served in the US Army as radio communications specialist in Germany and France.

Known as 'Capt. Phil' professionally, he worked the majority of his career as a radio personality, recreational marine reporter, talk show host, PR manager, and program director at WCBS, WICC, WNAB, and WNLK. After radio and prior to retirement, Phil served as Vice President at Concrete Flotation Systems. He loved boating, salt water fishing, and enjoying anything to do with Long Island Sound. After retirement he volunteered as an interpreter at Mystic Seaport and became an avid artist, painting with watercolor.

Phil is survived by his son, Chris Cutting and his wife Betsy of Norton, MA; his sister Jean Russman and her husband Lenny of Madison, CT; sister in law Mary Ellen Cutting of FL; his grandchildren Joshua Cutting, Jordan Cutting, and Alden Doak; and nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his brother Lloyd Cutting, Jr.

Condolence & Memory Journal

My condolences to the Cutting family during this difficult time. I hope you all can find comfort in a promise made at Jeremiah 29:12,13.

Posted by A friend   October 27, 2017

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Chris and all of Phil's family. He was a true friend and gentleman, and devotee of broadcasting and life on the water.
I have too many memories of our time together in so many circumstances.
Captain Phil, Bon Voyage, Godspeed, and thanks for so many wonderful "Shorewatch" experiences in a great career.

Posted by David Smith - Easton, CT - Friend   October 26, 2017

A sad loss for all who knew him. I consider it an honor to have worked and lunched with him. He actively made the Seaport a better place and was so often the voice of reason for his fellow interpeters. My condolences to his family.
Tora Sterregaard

Posted by A friend   October 26, 2017

A wonderful man and great humanitarian

Posted by warren swanson - waterford, CT - Friend   October 25, 2017

It was my pleasure to know Phil and to have worked with him during his time at Mystic Seaport Museum. He was appreciated by those that knew him, for his kind, and patient ways but also his persistence in doing a first rate job.

Posted by arleen andersen - mystic, CT - Coworker   October 25, 2017

We lost a great man. Thank you Phil for believing in us to help us start our company and bring up a great son!!!!!

Posted by Robert Arnold - Foxboro, MA - Family Friend   October 24, 2017

Unanimous among broadcasters that worked under the watch of Captain Phil. A pro who valued time and expected champion results. A high standard. Long before environmental regulations, he was active in Long Island Sound awareness.
His employment roster was divided between seasoned pro's and aspiring locals, many who have already posted their condolences here. To family and true friends of Phil Cutting, his passing reflects
exceptional service to the U.S.A. and over-
whelming persistence for results.
An honor to have known the "Captain".

Posted by Francis Ward - Shelton, CT   October 23, 2017


Posted by A GRATEFUL AMERICAN - new milford, CT   October 23, 2017

To the Family: My heartfelt sympathies go out to the family and friends during this difficult time. I hope that the promise in 1 Thessalonians 4:14 can bring comfort. Knowing that there's a hope for the ones we have lost in death can be so reassuring.

Posted by A friend   October 23, 2017

Of all the people I have known Phil was the most kind and gentle. I will miss him greatly. We shared a love of painting and of the sea.

Posted by Jim Christley - St Augustine, FL - Friend   October 23, 2017

Capt. Phil must have only been in his 20's when he did those weather reports from his boat on LI Sound in the summer. We hung on them before heading out in the Sailfish (or whatever).

Posted by Denise DeMarsh - Stafford, VA   October 23, 2017

I grew up hearing Captain Phil and the WNAB Coffee Break on my mother's kitchen radio in Stratford, CT. As a college student majoring in Broadcasting at Emerson College, Phil Cutting gave me my first job in broadcasting.

He was a true gentleman and professional. It was a honor and pleasure to have know him.

Joe Pifko
Trumbull, CT

Posted by Joe Pifko - Trumbull, CT - Coworker   October 22, 2017

Met Phil about five years ago in a painting workshop I gave in Old Lyme, Ct.
This man had a lot of skills one of which was being a talented painter. Over the past five years we got together with artist friends for lunch. I will miss his
contributions to life and art, thanks Phil.

Posted by Jerry Caron - Uncasville, CT - Friend   October 22, 2017

My condolences to the Cutting family. "Capt." Phil gave me my first job in the radio business in 1976 when he hired me to work for radio station WNLK Norwalk, CT. He allowed me countless opportunities to improve and advance my career which I will always remember. One memory stands out which is the time Phil talked a local boat dealer into providing the radio station with a boat from which Phil could do live marine and weather reports aboard while cruising Long Island Sound! I believe the name of that radio feature was; "Shorefront", an out growth of his popular daily radio show; "Homefront with Phil Cutting". If on a particular day the weather became too harsh with rain and rough surf to take the boat out, Phil would do his reports from the comfort of his studio complete with sound effects of ocean surf, seagulls and motorboat sounds playing on a tape loop! Since I share the same passion for boating on Long Island Sound as Capt. Phil did, I will give a salute the next time I take my boat out.
Steve Syarto
Fairfield, CT

Posted by Steve Syarto - Fairfield, CT - Coworker   October 22, 2017

I can't describe the sadness I feel at the passing of a man who was a formative factor in my life. Phil gave me my first job in commercial radio at WNAB in Bridgeport in the mid-60s. He helped develop my college radio amateurism into respectable professional skills that kept me employed in the industry into the 90s. I tried to emulate his on the air style and am grateful for both the kindness he showed and the stern way he dealt with me when I needed it. I'll always remember you Phil. My condolences to your family.

Posted by Bob Michaels - Bridgeport, CT   October 22, 2017