It is with sadness but appreciation for a life well lived that the family of William Cruickshank announce his passing at High Crest Nursing Home, Springhill, NS on November 29, 2021. Known to his friends and family as Bill, he was born in Alford, Scotland on June 2, 1923, to the late Thomas and Mary Ann (O’Brien) Cruickshank. Their family immigrated to Canada when he was four. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
Bill was predeceased by his parents, his first wife Della (Alward) Cruickshank (1997), daughter Bonnie Scott (1980), sisters Louise Gregg, Charlotte Linfield and Christina Hicks; brothers James and John.
He is survived by his second wife, Sally Cruickshank, daughters Heather (Steve) Bradley, MaryEllen (Michael) Taylor, Susan (Jeff) Guptill, son Peter (Kim) Cruickshank; step daughters Mary (Wally) Chaulk, Joan (Bruce) Conrod , Cindy Paul, Kathy (Chris) Smith, Patti (Carl) MacDonald, several grandchildren, great grandchildren, nieces, nephews and sister in law June Cruickshank.
Bill served in the Canadian Armed Forces in Italy and Sicily during World War II and like many others did not want to discuss his war experiences upon his return. He lived most of his life in Havelock and worked at the Canada Cement Plant until his retirement. He was a long standing member of the Havelock Wesleyan Church (now Centerpoint Wesleyan) and spent many hours helping build the present building. It was one of many of his life time accomplishments.
Our Dad was a faithful husband, father and friend. He would always talk about his faith and the church, the weather and gas prices. A lover of all animals, he loved music, playing table games, Wheel of Fortune and Jeopardy. His face would always light up when he had visits from family and friends.
Special thanks to the staff and nurses at High Crest Nursing Home veterans wing for their care, kindness and compassion to our Dad especially this past week.
A family Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, December 4, 2021 at 2 pm in Centerpoint Wesleyan Cemetery, Havelock, with Rev. Glen McVicar officiating. Due to Covid-19, masks will be mandatory for all in attendance. Arrangements are in care of The Salisbury Funeral Home, (506-372-4800).
For those who wish, in lieu of flowers, remembrances in Bill’s memory may be made to Havelock Centerpoint Wesleyan Church.