Cecil “Bud” Cuthbert of Mantua, New Jersey died of mesothelioma on March 4 at the age of 66. A four year veteran of the U.S. Navy, Cuthbert served aboard the Taconic and Fort Mandan as a machinist mate from 1965 to 1969. During this time, the ship took part in a search for another vessel that was lost in the Bermuda Triangle. He met his wife Kathleen when she was on vacation in Bermuda. After his naval service, Cuthbert went on to work at Philadelphia Electric Co., Peach Bottom and Limerick Nuclear Power Plants, and Quality Management Institute. Funeral services were held on March 9 at Church of the Incarnation.
Like many U.S. Navy veterans, Cuthbert was exposed to asbestos during his time in service. Asbestos exposure is what causes mesothelioma, a deadly form of cancer, and asbestos was used extensively in the construction and maintenance of naval ships.
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