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William H. Cruikshank

William H. Cruikshank, 85, of County Road, Ipswich, died peacefully in his home on Tuesday, May 28, 2013.

Born in Cambridge, NY November 16, 1927, William, known as Bill to friends and family, was the son of the late Ethelinda (Tucker) Cruikshank and Donald H. Cruikshank Sr.  He came to Ipswich at the age of two with his older brother, the late Donald H. Cruikshank Jr., when his mother returned to live in her hometown. William's mother, Ethelinda, remarried the late Harry S. Merson, former superintendent of the Ipswich Schools, when Bill was a teen.  A 1945 graduate of Ipswich High School, he worked at Sylvania in Ipswich during the World War II years and later employed by the Trustees of the Reservation for over fifty years as a department head and manager of the Crane Beach Store.

As a young man, he had a love for aviation and earned a private pilot license while flying from the former Essex Airport.  He was an avid bowler and golfer and enjoyed visiting and playing golf courses and resorts around New England. Bill also enjoyed learning and reading about American history and was particularly interested in Ipswich history. 

He was a member of the Baha’i Faith.

William is survived by his nephews, Robert Cruikshank of Londonderry, NH and Tucker Cruikshank of Montpelier, VT; and nieces, Anne Bouchard of Lebanon, NH and Sue Moulton of Rochester, VT. Bill was predeceased in February by his long-time companion and best friend, Joan Walsh, formerly of Boxford.

His funeral service will be held  11 am,  Monday June 3, graveside in the Southside Cemetery, Ipswich. Family and friends are respectfully welcomed. Visiting hours are Sunday 5 to 8 pm in the Whittier-Porter Funeral Home, Six High Street, Ipswich. Memorial contributions in his name may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

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