Donald CruickshankJune 7, 2017
Donald Glen Cruickshank
December 29, 1955 ~ June 7, 2017
It is with great sadness, the family of Don Cruickshank announces his passing on Wednesday June 7th in Saskatoon. Don is survived by his wife Brenda Wilde, parents Ruth and Ron Cruickshank, sister Brenda (Chris) Dean, nephews Ryan Dean (Kathy Liu), Matt Dean (Deirdre O’Reilly) grandniece Onóra, niece Chelsea (Mike) Oosterlaken, grandnephews William, Matthew, Benjamin and grandniece Sarah. He is also remembered by his parents-in-law, Vern and Jenny Wilde and many good friends.
Don was born in Saskatoon to Ruth and Ron Cruickshank. From an early age he developed a love of electronics and in 1977 graduated from Saskatchewan Technical Institute with a diploma in Electronics Technology. He married Brenda Wilde in 1994 and introduced her to rock’n roll, punk music and his band the Four Heads (Darryl, Kevin, Blair and soundman John). Fun times were had playing at Blair’s parents’ farm and for Saskatchewan Abilities Council dances.
Don and Brenda had many wonderful September holidays at Bruce Stone’s cabin at Wakaw Lake. For years, Bruce and Don went out for supper and pinball every Tuesday, but more recently for lunch and shopping at Princess Auto, London Drugs and Canadian Tire.
Don had his own business, LC Communications and over the years he also worked at Lenkurt Electric, SED Systems and the University of Saskatchewan Linear Accelerator (Synchrotron Light Source). He became well versed in designing and implementing ultra high-speed electronics. Don’s proudest moment at the Accelerator was when one of the circuits he designed was used by CERN.
Don enjoyed spending time with his nephews and niece. Young Ryan and Matthew would come over to watch Star Trek and Babylon 5. Don taught the boys and Chelsea how to play guitar and bass. The boys went on to play in bands of their own. Don was proud of them and said Chelsea was a natural musician.
Don loved his cats, Hairy, Squeegie, and Miss Kitka. In recent years he was happiest just sitting on the couch watching a Godzilla movie, Dr. Who or The Big Bang Theory with Brenda and Miss K.
Family gatherings were very important to Don and he made every effort to attend. All those who knew him will miss him. A memorial gathering of family and friends will be held at a later date. Memorial donations may be made to the SPCA or a charity of one’s choice.