portrait picture for Nicholas J. Cutrone

Wake:No Wake.Mass:Friday August 31 at 10:30 am in St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk, CT.Interment:Private.Contributions:In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Nick’s honor may be made to Bridgeport Animal Rescue Crew of CT (https://www.barc-ct.org/donate-1/) or Vitas Community Connection (http://vitascommunityconnection.org/community-connection/donate )

Nicholas J. Cutrone


October 12, 1922 ~ August 27, 2018

Nicholas J. Cutrone, 95, life-long Norwalk resident died peacefully at his home on August 27, 2018. He was born here on October 12, 1922.  He was a musician / band leader from a musical family, who was fondly known to many around town as Uncle Nick.  He graduated from Norwalk High School in 1940.

He proudly served his country during World War II as a member of the 96th Signal Battalion, Joe Stillwell Hdq as a cryptographic technician.  In that role he travelled the entire Burma Road, into Kunminkg, China.  While in China he joined General Pinky Dorn’s special band as drummer until the end of his service.  He was honorably discharged in 1946.

Upon his return, he spent many years working at the Midtown, the family’s restaurant on Wall Street in Norwalk.  He later joined the Recording Industries Music Performance Trust Fund, where he retired as General Manager and remained as a consultant until age 85.

He was a life member of the American Legion, VFW, Disabled American Veterans, and the American Federation of Musicians, Local 38.

In addition to his parents, John and Columbia Fallo Cutrone, he was predeceased by his beloved wife of 65 years, Shirley Serena Cutrone, his brother, John “Junior” Cutrone, and his niece Debbie Cutrone.

He is survived by his son John N. Cutrone and his wife Suzanne Fandel, his nephews and nieces, Jack Cutrone, Frank Cutrone and Terri Tegano-Cutrone all of Norwalk, Jennifer Byrnes of Charlotte, NC and great-niece Katie Cutrone of Denver, CO.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the many people who cared for Nick in recent years, in particular his devoted caregiver Dawn without whom his wish to remain home would not have been possible, his dear friend Ilanko who accompanied him when he could no longer drive, Dr. James Lewis and his nurse Donna and during his final days the wonderful Hospice team from Vitas Healthcare.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Friday August 31 at 10:30 am in St. Matthew Church, 216 Scribner Avenue, Norwalk, CT.  Internment will be private.  In lieu of flowers memorial contributions in Nick’s honor may be made to Bridgeport Animal Rescue Crew of CT (https://www.barc-ct.org/donate-1/) or Vitas Community Connection (http://vitascommunityconnection.org/community-connection/donate )

  1. So sorry to hear about everyones friend, he was a great kind man, R I P Nick, The Bossone Family,

    September 1, 2018
    mick & skip ,& flo bossone -
  • To the Cutrone family, my sincere condolences on the passing of Nick Cutone. May he rest in peace.

    September 3, 2018
    RUDY GISOLFI -
  • Mysincere condolences to the Cutrone family. Nick was a wonderful man and a great advocate of musicians across the country. May you rest in peace, Nick.

    September 11, 2018
    Tammy Noreyko, Secretary-Treasurer, Local 7, American Federation of Musicians -
  • Condolences to the family from the officers and membership of Local 101-473 AFM Dayton, Ohio

    September 11, 2018
    Kweku Ayangade -
  • Condolences from the officers and membership of Local 101-473 Dayton,Ohio

    September 11, 2018
    Kweku Ayangade -
  • Sad news … Nick was a man of rare integrity who enhanced the lives of all who had the honor of knowing him.
    Please accept sincere condolences on behalf of myself and the members of local 446 AF of M Regina Saskatchewan Canada.
    Don Young
    President “Emeritus” local 446 Regina Sk. Canada

    September 22, 2018
    Don Young -
  • Nick was ‘one of a kind’. Rest In Peace Nick. You deserve it after the long and generous life of service you gave to your fellow brothers and sisters.

    September 22, 2018
    Wayne Morris -
  • Nick was a genuine, great guy who made this world better. Some of his experiences would put a smile on my face, knowing they were real. I called him my CT Yankee and he called be his Damn Rebel. He worked with many of us for years, through the MPTF, for musicians Rest In Peace my friend, you have earned your wings and condolences for his family.

    Cass Acosta
    International Representative, AFM

    September 22, 2018
    Cass Acosta -
  • It was an honour to know Nick. He was a very kind and caring person who will be missed by all. RIP Nick.

    September 22, 2018
    Paul Sharpe -
  • It was a privilege and honor to have been a friend and colleague of Nick for many years. He will always be remembered not only for his talent was a drummer, bu also for his talent as a dedicated administrator of the Music Performance Trust Fund.
    My sincere condolences to his family. Victor W. Fuentealba, President Emeritus, A. F. of M.

    September 22, 2018
    Victor W. Fuentealba -
  • I remember Nick from coffee time at New York Bakery. He always had a great time talking about days gone by.
    He will be missed by many. I am sorry I could not see him before he passed.

    September 22, 2018
    Elmer Giellman (Gil ) -
  • I worked with Nick years ago at the MPTF (I was “the kid” in the office) and always looked up to him and respected his body of knowledge and kind ways. For five years in the early 80s I said hello to Nick every morning and goodbye in the evening, and we spent many hours – hopefully! – bringing good music to people all over the country and Canada. He and the other “old guys” in the office became surrogate uncles to me, and I learned much at their proverbial knee. Nick, you had a great life and touched a great many people. My condolences to the family.

    September 23, 2018
    David Reskin -
  • It is with great sadness that I hear today of Nick’s passing. He set an example for everyone in terms of how to live one’s life. His energy and compassion amazed me, as did his lengthy list of accomplishments. He will be sorely missed. God bless you, Nick.

    September 25, 2018
    Alan Willaert - AFM Vice President from Canada -
  • Nick was a great guy, who will be missed by many! My sincere sympathy to his family! Fondly, Pam Cutrone, Merritt Island, Florida

    October 9, 2018
    Pam Cutrone -
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