WORCESTER - Paul Cruickshanks, 67, of 107 Norton Road, Worcester, VT 05682, died suddenly of an accidental fall Saturday, June 2, 2012, in his cabin at the Gallagher Road in the town of Gouverneur, N.Y.
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He is survived by his wife, Jacqueline Earle-Cruickshanks; one daughter, Germaine Earle-Cruickshanks, of Boston; one son, Loren Earle-Cruickshanks, of San Francisco; one sister, Pam Wessman, and her husband, Robert, of Bristol, Conn.; and two nieces, Amy and Carrie. Predeceasing Paul is his brother, Greg, of Glastonbury, Conn., who died in May 2012.
Born in Glastonbury, Conn., on May 11, 1945, he was a son of John and Gladys Nystrup Cruickshanks. Paul served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He earned a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Connecticut. He married Jacqueline Earle in 1970 and they subsequently moved to northern New York. Paul earned his master's in education from SUNY Potsdam and his teaching certificate from St. Lawrence University. After teaching reading for 18 years at the Ogdensburg and Gouverneur correctional facilities, Paul retired and moved to Vermont in 2000.
Paul was a poet, wordsmith and musician, as well as a naturalist and hunter. He had a magnetic connection with animals and was a good steward to the land. He was an active member of North of Eden Archetypal Dreamwork community. Paul deeply loved his family, his friends and his land. After moving to Vermont, he kept a cabin on his land in St. Lawrence County, where he hunted and visited on a regular basis. He was a conservationist who championed a successful campaign to reroute the low-level F-16 training flights over the north country in 1990. His leadership became a model for future conservationist work in St. Lawrence County.
Memorial services for Paul will be held in Vermont at 3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 15, at his home in Worcester. Condolences may be sent online to email@example.com. Contributions are welcome and could be sent to the Union of Concerned Scientists at www.ucsusa.org, 2 Brattle Square, Cambridge, MA 02138-3780.
Published in Times Argus on June 17, 2012