June 14, 1921 - November 25, 2012
A LONG LIFE WELL LIVED
Helen Cruickshank passed away peacefully, early on November 25, at her home in Amica West Vancouver. Helen was predeceased by her husband of 60 years, Frank, in 2004. She is survived by her brother John Hollis (Pauline), daughter Marilyn Arnold (Ed), son George (Lorna), and son Sandy (Linden). She was also the very proud and loving grandmother of Lauren (Michael), Ryan (Sabrina), Jamie, Keira, Trista (Dylan), and Blair, as well as dear "grand-dogs" Zak, Kasey, and Ray. Throughout her long and active life, Helen participated in various jobs and activities. She was an at-home mom during her children's early years, but worked outside the home when Frank's mother lived with them. She was a dedicated volunteer in church and community groups in Lynn Valley as well as an early volunteer for Ronald MacDonald House. She had a long and happy association with the North Shore Winter Club, where she was an avid curler and bridge player. In addition, her interests included fitness, golf, yoga, the arts, fashion, gardening, and entertaining. Many happy summers were spent with friends and family at the "Cruickshack," the family summer home at Green Lake. A love of travel took Helen and Frank to many places around the world, including Britain, Europe, China, Japan, South Asia, and her much- loved Hawaii. Helen was known for her friendliness, compassion, and unique social grace. She will be greatly missed and fondly remembered by all who knew her. There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, family requests that donations be made to the Lions Gate Hospital Foundation in her memory.