But as flames raged through the remote property he was unable to help five younger children trapped with him. Shocking pictures from the scene show the level of devastation, with just the smouldering shell of the property left on the rural site.
Specialist investigators are carrying out a fingertip search at the scene of the blaze as they try to discover what caused the inferno that consumed the family home.
Community councillor Tim Van-Rees, said: "Our hearts go out to the members of the family who must be feeling in the depths of despair. "I have spoken to the owner of the property - he was alerted by one of the children who came to his house in the early hours of the morning.
"He called the fire service who went to the house straight away but unfortunately not everybody could be saved.
It is understood that Mr Cuthbertson was staying with at least seven of his children in the house.
Ron and Rosemary Birchall, 68, who live nearby, said Mr Cuthbertson had been a builder before an accident caused him to stop work eight years ago.
Neighbours said the family rented the farmhouse and had lived in the village for 15 years after moving from the south of England.
Well-wishers had already donated more than £2,500 as heartbroken neighbours and friends described Mr Cuthbertson as an "exceptional father" and "gentle fella".
The tribute, illustrated with a heart and a kiss, said: “I miss you all. I will miss my best friend.” Emergency services rushed to the farmhouse shortly after midnight on Monday when one of the children ran to a neighbour's house and raised the alarm.
Fire crews, at the scene 11 minutes later, were confronted with an inferno.
“He was devoted to the children — he was a very caring father.” Another neighbour, who did not want to be named, had known an earlier wife of David's and said: “The whole village is in shock. I knew the family as I was friends with David's ex-wife, Judy.