John Sinclair Cutcliffe

John Sinclair Cutcliffe

Served during the following dates: 1966-05-30; 1970-05-11

CUTCLIFFE, JOHN SINCLAIR, funeral home owner and funeral director, b. 22 August 1930 in Summerside, son of Allie Byron Cutcliffe of Appin Road and Margaret Jean Sinclair of Summerside; m. first 1 May 1954 Anita Lynds, and they had four children, Blair, Douglas, Paul, and Jean; m. secondly 31 January 1986 Norma Jean MacKay, and there were no children; United. Cutcliffe, a Liberal, was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in the general election of 1966 for 2nd Queens. He was re-elected in the general election of 1970. He was appointed Deputy Speaker on 2 June 1970. Cutcliffe resigned in 1972. He was a President of the Prince Edward Island Liberal Association and a member of the national Liberal executive. In 1972 Cutcliffe was defeated in the federal election in the riding of Malpeque. Sinclair Cutcliffe received his primary education at West Kent School, and later attended Mount Allison Academy and Union Commercial College. He received his professional training at Embalmers’ School in Saint John. In 1952 he worked for his father at the Cutcliffe Funeral Home in Hunter River. A few years later, his father moved the business to Charlottetown. Over a period of years, Cutcliffe purchased the funeral home from his father. In 1976 he purchased the Hennessy and Charlottetown Funeral Homes, and also continued to deliver services under the Cutcliffe name. In 1986 Cutcliffe sold the three funeral homes to an international funeral company. He was a president of the Prince Edward Island Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association and the Canadian Funeral Directors and Embalmers Association. Cutcliffe acted as a regional vice-president for Eastern Canada International Rescue and First Aid Association and as a field supervisor for the first aid services of the Canadian Red Cross Society. He served as president of Red Cross in the province, as a provincial chief of rescue with the Prince Edward Island Emergency Measures Organization, and as a president of the International Rescue and First Aid Association. Cutcliffe was awarded the Order of Red Cross and numerous other Red Cross Awards. He also won the CJRW and Red Cross Life Saving Award and the Julian S. Wise Heroic Life Saving Award. Cutcliffe was a president of Kiwanis and of Rotary. He was a member of the St. John’s Lodge No. 1, and is a Past Master of the A.F. and A.M., a Royal and Select Master of the Cryptic Rite, and a member of the Prince Edward Perceptory, 14th Degree Scottish Rite, Byne L.O.L. No. 614. He was a member of the Belvedere Golf and Winter Club, the Glen Afton Golf Club, and the Charlottetown Yacht Club. Sinclair Cutcliffe and his wife reside in North River. Anita Cutcliffe, the daughter of Ed Lynds of Kensington and Ruby Lynds, was born 10 November 1936. Norma Cutcliffe, the daughter of Oscar and Winnifred MacKay, was born 29 August 1936.

References: CPG 1972; Elections PEI; HFER Malpeque p. 2; WWPEl p. 37; Guardian 3 October 1970; Questionnaire to Former MLAs. Guide to abbreviations

Photograph courtesy of PEI Public Archives and Records Office, Reference Number Acc3177/222