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Maurice "Maury" Cutler

1922 - 2014 PITTSFIELD Maurice "Maury" Cutler, 92, longtime resident of 120 Livingston Avenue, died Friday, July 25, 2014, at Berkshire Medical Center after a short illness, surrounded by his loving family. Born in Pittsfield on Feb. 6, 1922, he was the son of Israel and Rachel Lena Samel Cutler, Russian Jewish immigrants who came by boat to Ellis Island to start a new life in America in the early 1900's. Maury grew up on Francis Avenue in the tight-knit Jewish community in West Pittsfield, excelling as a young student at the former Tucker School, and was a 1939 graduate of Pittsfield High School. Maury spent his professional life as a grocer and entrepreneur, working for many years at the First National Market, Adams Supermarket, A-Mart, and McCarthy's Variety Store. In the 1960's, Maury served as the co-proprietor of Kelly's Market on West Street, along with his brother-in-law, Jack Cohen. A veteran of the Armed Forces, Maury served as a Corporal during his 2 1/2 years of duty overseas during World War II, receiving his honorable discharge in December 1945. Maury was deeply devoted to his family and the success of his two children, Dr. Alan Cutler (Ellen) of Pittsfield and Roslind Kushner (Neil) of Norwood. A member of Temple Anshe Amunim in Pittsfield for almost 60 years, Maury also served on the board of the Temple for nearly two decades, and served as the Temple's Treasurer from 1961 to 1974. Maury was named "Man of the Year" by the Temple in 1969. Maury cherished the many moments he spent with his family, never missing an opportunity to attend a recital, awards ceremony, concert, graduation, barbeque, or party. In recent years, Maury took special pleasure in his visits with his four great-grandchildren, treasuring the opportunity to watch the newest generation of his family blossom. His wife, the former Zelda J. Cohen, whom he married on Feb. 24, 1946, at the Knesset Israel Synagogue on Linden Street in the neighborhood they both grew up in, died Oct. 13, 2011. Besides his children, Maury also leaves behind his five beloved grandchildren, Joshua, Zachary, and Julie Cutler, all of Pittsfield; Lauren Greenstein and her husband, Jeff, of Needham; and Michele Wolfberg and her husband Darren of New York City. Maury also leaves behind his four beloved great­grandchildren, Max and Ben Greenstein of Needham, and Eve and Taylor Wolfberg of New York City; a sister-in-law, Minnie Cohen of Pittsfield, and many nieces and nephews. Maury was predeceased by three brothers, Abraham Cutler, Max Cutler, and Sam Cutler, and by two sisters, Esther Newman and Eva Metropole. Maury's family would like to express their deep gratitude to the wonderful staff of Mt. Greylock Extended Care Facility in Pittsfield, where he resided for the past 5 1/2 years. Maury and Zelda's children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren will continue to keep their spirit alive by doing their own deeds of g'milut chasadim, acts of loving kindness. FUNERAL NOTICE: Services for Maurice Cutler will be held on Monday, July 28, 2014, at 2 p.m. at Congregation Knesset Israel, 16 Colt Road, with Rabbi Joshua Breindel, Spiritual Leader of Temple Anshe Amunim, as officiant. Burial will follow in Knesset Israel Cemetery, 290 Pecks Road, Pittsfield. Shiva will be observed at the home of his son and his wife, Dr. Alan and Ellen Cutler, at 51 Brookside Drive in Pittsfield, Mass., on Monday, July 28, and Tuesday, July 29, from 7 to 9 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Maury's memory to Temple Anshe Amunim. FLYNN DAGNOLI-BENCIVENGA FUNERAL HOME, 5 Elm Street, Pittsfield, has been entrusted with arrangements.


Published in The Berkshire Eagle on July 26, 2014
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