January 26, 1938 — November 6, 2018
CAMBRIDGE — It is with great sadness that the family of Thomas Francis Cuite announces his passing on Nov. 6, 2018, after a brief illness. Born in 1938 to Francis Cuite and Frances Connolly of Brooklyn, Mr. Cuite is survived by his wife of 53 years, Geraldine (Nawrocki) Cuite. He will be lovingly remembered by his daughter, Catherine; son-in-law, Lonnie Marvel; and grandson, Cole; his son, David; and grandson, Harlan; his son, Colin; daughter-in-law, Stacey Mesler; and grandchildren, Aidan, Elizabeth and Owin; his sister, Maureen; and brother-in-law, Philip Cottone; and his four nephews and their families.
Mr. Cuite resided in Cambridge for 47 years, where he volunteered as founder and director of the Cambridge Central School drama society, producing nine shows, including Oliver!, Little Mary Sunshine, An Original Review, Anything Goes, Once Upon a Mattress, Leave it to Jane, The Importance of Being Ernest and She Stoops of Conquer. Mr. Cuite led a madrigal group in Cambridge, directed the Community Choral Society and served as vice president of Hubbard Hall. For the past eight years, he taught French at Southshire Community School in North Bennington, Vermont. Fluent in many languages and a devoted student as well as teacher, Mr. Cuite continued to study during his retirement, taking classes at Skidmore College and maintaining French and Italian conversation groups in Cambridge and Williamstown, Massachusetts. He was an accomplished pianist who played regularly into his later years. He enjoyed European travel, particularly to Italy. He was a wonderful cook who enjoyed lively conversation over delicious food.
Mr. Cuite’s early education was at Saint Francis Preparatory School and then at Fordham College, where he received his bachelor’s degree in philosophy. He taught Latin and world literature at Saint Francis Preparatory School in Brooklyn, worked as assistant to the president at TIAA & CREF and as assistant to the Comptroller of the State of New York in Albany. During his career he advocated for equal workplace opportunity, conscientious investing, particularly around South African involvement by the NY State Employees Retirement System, and for outreach to benefit families of those who perished on 9/11.
A funeral service in memory of Mr. Cuite will be held on at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, at New Skete Monastery, 237 New Skete Road, Cambridge. Memorial donations can be made to the Cambridge Valley Rescue Squad by visiting cambridgeems.com/donate.
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