1941 - 2012
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We lovingly remember John Cruickshank, who passed away June 23 in Marion Hospice, Vancouver, after 70 full years of living and a final year in treatment for cancer. He was a leader, initiator and enthusiast, especially about sport, travel and family.
A tender husband to Colleen for 45 years, John was proud father to Karin Boisclair-Joly (Alain) and Christina Magill (Josh Coles), and Grampy to Solène, Madeleine and Étienne Boisclair-Joly. He was predeceased by his older siblings, James Cruickshank of Kanata and Jean Goodwin of Waterloo.
Born and raised in Kitchener, John earned degrees in mathematics and physical education (University of Waterloo) and a master's degree in adult education (Brock University). He initially taught high school (1965-1968) and earned his certification but found the classroom confining.
With the development of the community college system, John found his passion, embarking on a three-decade career in administration - as athletic director (1968), dean of physical education (1979), dean of student affairs (1982), vice president of student affairs (1987), and president (1991). His career encompassed four colleges in three provinces, took him to thirteen countries and led to leadership roles in numerous professional associations. John's deepest satisfaction, though, came from serving the needs of students and relating to colleagues.
After leaving Vancouver Community College (1999), he consulted for colleges in New Zealand and Newfoundland and then served as executive director for the North & West Vancouver Branch of the CMHA (2000-2002). In retirement, John volunteered extensively, first on the North Shore and, after moving to Vancouver, with Probus Vancouver, the Vancouver Curling Club and Canadian Memorial Church.
A celebration of John's life will take place at 2 p.m. on Friday, July 13, 2012, at Canadian Memorial United Church (15th Avenue at Burrard) with a reception afterward at the Centre for Peace. Instead of flowers, please consider a donation in John's name to your favourite charity. God bless, John.
Published in Vancouver Sun and/or The Province on June 30, 2012