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CHERYL ANNE CRUICKSHANK (published on January 02, 2010)

CHERYL ANNE CRUICKSHANK (DODDS) 1946 - 2009 It is with great sorrow we announce the quiet and peaceful passing of Cheryl after a long and hard fought battle with cancer. Surrounded by her family and friends in a room full of love at the St. Boniface Hospital on December 20, 2009, Cheryl finally found peace and an end to over two years of courageously battling this disease with nothing but dignity and determination. Cheryl was predeceased by her father George; sister and best friend Gaye; brother James; stepfather George Beverley; her special Uncle Cliff Havercost and other relatives. Cheryl is survived by her only son Geoff Dodds (Sheldon); mother Verna Cruickshank Beverley; brother George Cruickshank (Tara); nieces, Avery, Maggy and Sally Cruickshank; nephew Tim Hawryluk (Christine); great-niece Danielle Hawryluk; niece Keri Williams (Scott); and her special Aunt Betty Havercost and all members of her family. Cheryl also leaves to mourn her passing, special friends, Todd Munro, Ken McKenzie, Noreen Scott and Doreen Dutchak, among many others in Winnipeg and across the country. Cheryl will also be missed greatly by her very special friend and soulmate Dewayne McLeod whom she admired and cared for dearly. Not surprisingly, Cheryl touched the lives of many individuals on 7A West surgical unit, and will be missed very much by those who cared for her during her numerous admissions over the past few years. Cheryl was a lifelong proud Winnipegger. She was born on March 9, 1946 in the old Grace Hospital and spent her early years growing up in Elmwood. Ironically, her last residence was houses away from the hospital building in which she was born. Cheryl attended St. Alphonsus, David Thompson and Elmwood High Schools and went on to work various jobs before starting a family. She married Geoff's father Ken Dodds in 1966 and established roots in Transcona where Cheryl spent much of her adult life. During the 25 plus years Cheryl resided in Transcona, she forged many friendships. Cheryl's working years included employment with Booth Fisheries and driving school bus but in 1983 embarked on what would be her career with The Canadian National Railway until the time of her death. Cheryl worked in the Transcona Shops and Symington Yards over the years eventually settling into customer support and a managerial role shortly prior to her needing to take absence due to the onset of her illness. Upon finding her late life independence, Cheryl made the move from Transcona to Wolseley where she lived the remainder of her life. Cheryl was a staunch friend of the GLBTT community and had been a member of the Oscar Wilde Memorial Society Inc. for over 10 years, and a highly visible board director since 2005. She spoke her mind, she was passionate about issues, and she cared with all of her being for the continued success of Gio's Club. Cheryl had been instrumental in numerous fundraising endeavours, most notably her meatdraws, which always drew a crowd and brought people together for a good cause and a good laugh. Earlier in October, at St. Boniface General Hospital, Cheryl was presented with an Honourary Life Membership in the Society. Cheryl's personality drew people in and she was affectionately known throughout the community as MAMA C , a loving and strong mentor to many who had an abiding affection for all, especially those she lovingly called the geezers . She was accepted unconditionally, developed many friendships and will be greatly missed by all her friends at Gio's. Cheryl enjoyed socializing with friends, helping others, camping and the outdoors. Cheryl lived for her son Geoff, and wholeheartedly devoted her life to him. They enjoyed spending time together, and were fortunate to travel together to Europe years ago which Cheryl would refer to as the trip of a lifetime . Throughout Cheryl's illness, she maintained an attitude hard to beat. She fought with courage and tenacity against a disease that did not quit. Even in her darkest days, Cheryl would find a way to bounce back in an attempt to continue to spend time with Geoff and the ones she loved. She was a true inspiration and taught us all a great deal about strength and perseverance. She will be truly missed by all those whose lives she touched. Cremation has taken place, and a memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 9, 2010 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Stephen's Anglican Church, 220 Helmsdale Ave. with Rev. Diane Guilford officiating. Interment will follow at Glen Eden Memorial Gardens where Cheryl will be laid to rest with her sister Gaye and brother James. A reception and celebration of Cheryl's life to follow at Gio's Club and Bar, 155 Smith Street. The family would like to extend undying gratitude to Dr. Yaffe, Tracy and the entire staff of 7A West for the compassion and care devoted to Cheryl during the course of her illness. Your concern for both Cheryl and Geoff during this journey made it all the more bearable. Thanks to Rodney and other home care nurses that made it possible for Cheryl to return home when her health allowed. Thanks are also extended to family and friends who have been there for Cheryl with phone calls, rides, visits, words of encouragement, moral support and prayers. Flowers gratefully declined. Donations in Cheryl's memory can be made to the Cheryl Cruickshank Memorial Award Fund in care of the The Winnipeg Foundation ( keyword search: Cruickshank). For online condolences or to light a memorial candle please log onto

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