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Ronald Charles Cutraro, 71, died on Saturday, July 15, 2017, in his hometown of Beverly after his battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.
He was born on March 19, 1946, to Louis M. Cutraro and Rita L. Cutraro in Salem, Mass. The family later moved to Beverly, where he excelled as a student at St Mary’s School. Ron’s academic excellence earned him placement at St. John’s Preparatory School. He received his “double eagle” status, graduating with both a B.A. and a M.Ed. from Boston College.
Ron embarked upon a remarkable 30-year career as a 6th grade teacher at Heath School in Brookline, Mass., where he became well-known as the incomparable “Mr. C.” He began each year with an announcement to his 6th grade class, “You are my kids and you will always be my kids.” Throughout his career, Ron impacted more than 1,200 children at Heath, making himself available to students for early morning math tutoring, science fair preparation, and other academic support. “Mr. C” was also the varsity boys’ tennis coach for Brookline High School, guiding his players to multiple state titles. Ron was a USPTA pro and enjoyed both playing and instructing tennis on a competitive level.
He could be found on his off days smoking a Sherlock Holmes pipe, doing crossword puzzles, or reading a novel, while eating fruit and talking to his cat, Bogus. He enjoyed spending February vacations in Hawaii with his parents and the Rev. Frederick McGowan. Above all else, Ron was a great adventurer, traveler, and photographer, and documented his trips with photos and slideshows. He led an Indiana Jones-style-life which took him to Egypt, Nairobi, Morocco, Easter Island, the Galapagos, Machu Picchu, Patagonia, the Atacama desert, the Amazon, Chichen-Itza, Stonehenge, the Grand Bazaar, the Colosseum, the Acropolis, Diamond Head, the Aran Islands, and Loch Ness. In retirement, Ron dedicated over 10 years to volunteer work for children in several communities in Chile and Birmingham, Ala. with the Lloyd family of Chestnut Hill. He was a devoted son, brother, friend, uncle, and teacher. His life should serve as an example for people to be passionate students of the world.
He is survived by his sister, Diane (Cutraro) Murawski of Peabody; his nephews, John Baran of Ipswich, Anthony Murawski of Gloucester and Matthew Murawski of South Boston; his niece, Christina Baran of Peabody; as well as numerous close friends and colleagues, all of whom will miss him.
His funeral Mass will be celebrated on Monday, July 24, in St. Mary Star of the Sea Church, 253 Cabot St., Beverly at 10 a.m. Visiting hours will be held on Sunday in the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., Beverly from 4 to 7 p.m. Relatives and friends are cordially invited to attend. Donations could be made in his memory to VE Global (www.ve-global.org), or a charity of your choice. Directions, information and condolences at www.campbellfuneral.com.
Published on  July 19, 2017
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