Team GBFB is deeply saddened by the passing of our dear friend Ted Cutler, who died at the age of 86 late Thursday night.
Ted was a champion for The Greater Boston Food Bank (GBFB) and a philanthropic icon. A Dorchester native, Ted left an indelible mark on the public arts and humanitarian causes of Boston.
“Teddy was a food bank giant,” said Catherine D’Amato, GBFB president and CEO. “He opened doors of support for us that we could not even imagine.”
Ted co-chaired the $35 million campaign to build our current facility at 70 South Bay Avenue. Without Ted’s ceaseless support, we would not be who we are today. His legacy and compassion for our cause at GBFB are unparalleled.
Ted opened doors not only at GBFB, but all over Boston. An alumnus of Emerson College, Ted was the driving force behind restoring the Majestic Theatre, which became the Cutler Majestic Theatre in 2003.
He and his late wife Joan Cutler spent millions making art accessible to the public. From lighting the trees along the Commonwealth Avenue Mall to founding the Outside the Box arts festival in 2013, Ted always gave back to the city he loved.
Ted was a regular presence at GBFB and a familiar face to all. Always impeccably dressed and with a smile on his face, he greeted everyone at Team GBFB. Ted was a truly beloved member of our community and we are lucky to have him as part of our history
Teddy is an inspiration to be the best community members we can – he will always be remembered and honored at GBFB.
“Whenever I was with Teddy, it was like being with God’s nephew. GBFB was instantly welcomed and credible,” D’Amato said. “His legacy and commitment to end hunger was like no other.”
We extend our condolences to the Cutler family and all those whose lives he touched.