Born and raised in Summerside, Prince Edward Island, he first worked for his father"s Cutcliffe Funeral Home and eventually became owner of the business. He also served as president of the provincial Red Cross, as a chief of rescue with the Prince Edward Island Emergency Measures Organization, and as a president of the International Rescue and First Aid Association. He was first elected to the legislature in the 1966 provincial election, serving as a backbench Modern Language Association. Reelected in the 1970 provincial election, in his second term he served as deputy speaker of the legislature.
He resigned his provincial seat in 1972 to run as a Liberal Party of Canada candidate for Malpeque in the 1972 federal election, but lost to Angus MacLean.
He died on November 10, 2007 at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Charlottetown.