Saturday, January 21, 2017

Faith McCutcheon (Part 1)



From: HamletReporter []
Sent: Saturday, January 21, 2017 5:33 PM
To: Hamlet Reporter Blogger (
Subject: Faith McCutcheon


From: Martin Van Lith []
Sent: Saturday, January 21, 2017 11:25 AM


Dear All,


Unfortunately, I have sad news to report. Faith McCutcheon passed away on Wednesday. She was 94. Her daughter Katie said that the family does not plan to have a wake or memorial service. However, there may be something from a community organization sometime in the future.


A little of my background knowing Faith. I had known Faith's husband David from Brookhaven Lab but didn't really know Faith until one day in 1988 when we met doing roadside and Marsh cleanup at the end of Beaver Dam Road. Shortly afterward, we both joined the BVA and began a friendship that lasted until her death on Wednesday. She loved to share her history and the history of our beautiful hamlet. We spent 20+ years together doing this. 


Faith's maiden name was Champlin, her father's family were dairy farmers in Bellport:  


Her mother was Phyllis Fraser, Malcolm and Katherine Church Fraser's daughter.


Her childhood friend, growing up in Brookhaven, was Tom and Elisabeth Post-Morrow's daughter, Betsy.


Faith and I served together as board members of the BVA for 9 years, 1989 - 1997. Among the many things Faith did for me was to introduce me to raising chickens. We also worked together supporting the Wertheim Refuge, and she got me interested in Brookhaven hamlet's history, showed me where the cemeteries were, and, right up until her 80s, helped maintain them. She also introduced me to all of her friends and family. 


Here are some pictures of Faith through her 94 years of life in Brookhaven hamlet:


[In following photo, Faith McCutchen was Faith Champlin at the time.  Year was 1938, not 1936]

Faith, Phebe and Geoffrey McCutcheon 1935:



Faith's childhood home:


Oil painting of Faith by her grandfather Malcolm Fraser:



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