Margaret Cruickshank at age 110.
|Birth:||19 January 1909|
Dover, England, UK
|Death:||14 October 2019|
Kingston, Ontario, Canada
|Age:||110 years, 268 days|
Margaret Cruickshank was born on 19 January 1909, in Dover, England, United Kingdom. She emigrated to Canada with her parents and three sisters at the age of four. She married and had three children: the eldest son David Cruickshank (born 1937) and two other sons, one born in 1940 and the other in 1948. She never worked outside the home, instead dedicating her life to raising her children.
In the early 1980s, Cruickshank helped to found the Lunch by George drop-in lunch program that runs out of St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston, Ontario. The program served sandwiches, and later hot soups and casseroles each weekday to anyone who needed help. Cruickshank reportedly went to church every Sunday she was able, and when the cathedral needed a heating system, she did everything she could to help out. She also had a love of the British royal family, and watched Prince William and Kate Middleton’s wedding live at 3AM Canadian time.
At the age of 107, Cruickshank fractured her hip and the doctors were certain she would never walk again; however, using her walker, she was able to walk short distances on her 108th birthday. For her 108th birthday party, The Rosewood Retirement Residence in Kingston, Ontario held a party for Cruickshank, with live music and 108 roses for her to distribute to her fellow residents and guests.
On 19 January 2019, Cruickshank turned 110. She celebrated her 110th birthday at the St. George’s Cathedral one day after. She died in Kingston, Ontario, Canada, on 14 October 2019, at the age of 110 years, 268 days.