The Rev’d Nathan Hartley Cutler

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By on October 1, 2021
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November 28th, 1949 - July 30th, 2021

The Rev’d Nathan Hartley CutlerNathan loved life. He often said, “Life is Wonderful and Full of Wonder.” 

On July 30th, 2021, at 6 am his bright light in our lives left us to seek new adventures in what Nathan called “the great mystery.” Nathan was 71 years old. 

His love of family was larger than life and he was greatly loved by his wife Isabel, their three children, Jenny (Jacques), Andrew (Grace), and Nicholas (Sarah) and six adored grandchildren: Nicholas, Sophia, Orion, Alex, Isaac, and Chloe. He also enjoyed a close relationship with, and will be greatly missed, by his brothers and sisters Joyce (Don), Leslie Gordon (Millie), Norman (Marguerite), Isabell (Allister) and Cecilia (John). He will also be fondly remembered by a great many friends. Nathan was predeceased by his parents Leslie and Meta Cutler of Ramea. 

Nathan was a storyteller and a people person who loved to strike up a conversation with anyone. He saw the good in all of us and enjoyed both the serious and the humorous nature of life. An avid flower gardener, he created a beautiful sanctuary in his back garden in Fredericton that was a source of joy for family and friends. 

Nathan was born and raised in Ramea, Newfoundland. Nathan lived in various places around Newfoundland, the United Kingdom, and in Fredericton, New Brunswick. He received his B.Ed and M.Ed from Memorial University of Newfoundland followed by his Certificate of Theology from St. John’s College in Nottingham, England. Throughout his life, he was involved in the life of the Anglican Church. As a child he was closely connected with St. Boniface Anglican Church and along with his twin brother Norman was an altar boy and server. Later, as a layperson, he was involved with many aspects of the ministry of the church, most significantly with Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton. 

Nathan began his career as a teacher and later served people as a guidance counsellor and school board administrator. Nathan was always a free spirit and risk taker, and for ten years, Nathan and Isabel developed a business to serve children with disabilities. In the last two years of Nathan’s life, he was privileged to be an ordained priest who served with his wife, Deacon Isabel in the Parish of Isle aux Morts, Margaree, Fox Roost, NL. Nathan has always had a deep Christian faith. His belief in what he termed “the great mystery” guided his life which he always regarded as ‘a wonderful adventure” 

Nathan had many interests in life; his family first but then besides his garden: music, photography, and history. However, Ramea continued to be one of the main passions throughout Nathan’s life. His fascination with genealogy and Ramea led him to become the administrator of the All Things Ramea Facebook site in the last few years. He loved to connect with friends and family of Ramea who lived around the world. He always considered Ramea , his final resting place. 

The family received visitors on August 3, 2021 at St. Boniface Church, Ramea from 7 to 9 pm. The Funeral Service and Interment of Ashes took place on Wednesday, August 4, 2021 at St. Boniface Church, Ramea. l 

A Memorial Service was held in memory of Nathan at Holy Spirit Church, Isle aux Morts on August 8, 2021 

A further Memorial Service will be held in memory of Nathan at Christ Church Cathedral, Fredericton, N.B on Saturday October 23rd 2021. 

Nathan’s family established a fund to create a public rose garden in Fredericton to honour him. They wish to thank all those who contributed to this fund and also to memorial funds in St. Boniface Church, Ramea; Holy Spirit Church, Isle aux Mort and St Augustine Church, Fox Roost Margaree. 

One of Nathan’s final sentences was “I feel the winds of God today.” 

We continue the hymn for Nathan: 

“Today my sail I lift…I’ll seek the seas at his behest, and brave another cruise.” Godspeed Nathan, off on another wonderful adventure.

at the altar, are (left to right): Rev’d Canon Jeffrey Petten, Rev’d Edward Coleman, Bishop John Organ, and Archdeacon David Taylor.
At the altar, are (left to right): Rev’d Canon Jeffrey Petten, Rev’d Edward Coleman, Bishop John Organ, and Archdeacon David Taylor.
The above photographs were taken at Rev’d Cutler’s memorial service, which was held in Holy Spirit Church in Isle aux Morts, where he had been serving as priest-in-charge when he died.
The above photographs were taken at Rev’d Cutler’s memorial service, which was held in Holy Spirit Church in Isle aux Morts, where he had been serving as priest-in-charge when he died.

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