On Sunday, Dec. 24, 1924, there passed away at his home in Beamsville Robert Cruikshank, at the age of 77 years. The late Mr. Cruikshank was a school teacher and farmer nearly all his life, having moved to Beamsville about 42 years ago to take up principalship of the public school. Shortly after this he purchased the Adam Tufford farm on the Station road where he lived until his retirement to the village 6 years ago.
For the last four years of his life Mr. Cruikshank was confined to his bed, but always took a very active interest in current events and was never heard to complain of his helplessness. In religion he was a Baptist, having been a member of the local church since his coming to Beamsville. He was a clerk of the church for about 35 years and a deacon up until the time of his death.
Born of Irish parentage near the town of Orangeville, the youngest of a large family, he achieved an education during the course of which he attended the Orangeville schools, Brantford Collegiate and the Toronto Normal, which finally enabled him to become a teacher.
He was engaged in the teaching profession for 33 years, 8 of which were spent before coming to Beamsville, 5 in the Beasmville school, 10 at Grimsby Park and 10 at the Thirty.
Besides a host of friends in Beamsville, he leaves one son, S.R. of St. Catharines, one brother, William, in Hamilton, one brother, John, in Orangeville and numerous nieces and nephews.
A funeral service conducted by his pastor, Mr. Arthur, was held at the house on Tuesday afternoon, Dec. 16, which was attended by a large number of friends and relatives. The next day the body was conveyed by motor to the Kelvin cemetery in Brant county where it was laid to rest beside that of his wife, Myra Robertson, who predeceased him nearly 11 years ago.