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James "Terry" Cruikshank

February 26, 1947 ~ September 24, 2022 (age 75)

Obituary

With great sadness we announce the passing of long-time Fairbanks resident James “Terry” Cruikshank, 75. He passed away peacefully of natural causes at home surrounded by his loving family on September 24th, 2022.

 

Terry was born in Portland, OR to James “Wes” and Jewell Cruikshank, the second oldest of seven siblings. In 1957 Wes and Jewell moved their family to Fairbanks, Alaska where Wes opened Hoffer Glass. Terry spent his formative years in the glass shop, getting an early start to his extensive career in the glass and window and door fenestration business.

 

Terry attended the Catholic Schools of Fairbanks, graduating from Monroe in 1965. He retained lifelong friendships with many classmates. After high school Terry attended Gonzaga University. In 1968 Terry joined the United States Air Force, where he was stationed at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada. After his service he worked at his uncle’s glass shop. From 1974-1978 Terry worked on the construction of the Trans Alaska Pipeline as a truck driver working in Toolik Lake, Happy Valley and Prudhoe Bay. He worked alongside his brothers and close friends. He loved sharing fond and humorous memories of the pipeline days.

 

In 1978, while helping his parents build a house in Hermiston, Oregon he met the love of his life, Dinah Mayberry. They both knew from the very start they were meant for each other. They were married February 17th, 1979, in Hermiston, and later that year welcomed their son, John. In 1981, Terry convinced Dinah to visit Fairbanks for two weeks. Those two weeks turned into forty-one years where they made their home and raised their family. Terry re-opened the family business, Hoffer Glass, that same year. After settling in Fairbanks they welcomed daughters Jennifer and Emily.

 

For forty-one years Terry loved running Hoffer Glass. He genuinely cared for our community and his customers, treating them with kindness and generosity, earning him a myriad of friends along the way. Terry always helped those in need as well as supporting countless community programs and non-profits. Hoffer Glass had a multitude of family members work for the family business, several getting their start for life-long careers in the trade. He was an incredible leader and mentor to all.

Terry continued his education at UAF, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian Studies in 2010 at the age of 63. Through UAF he was able to take a dream trip to Russia, bringing along his sister, Patty, daughter, Emily, and nephew, Matthew, for a once in a lifetime trip.

 

Terry’s pride and joy was his family. He doted on the love of life, his wife of forty-three years, always mentioning how he was such a lucky man to have her as his wife and how much he loved her. He frequently made sure to give beautiful flowers to his beautiful wife. The love and support he showed his children were immeasurable. He instilled traits he lived by such as kindness, dignity, empathy, and loyalty. Terry was known for his admirable character, kindness, sense of humor, and generosity. He saw the good in everything and everyone. He loved to sing oldies, tell stories, visit with friends, and spend time with his family. Terry was a remarkable man who touched all who knew him and he will be deeply missed by all.

 

Terry is survived by his loving wife, Dinah Cruikshank; son John L. Cruikshank (wife Julie), daughter Jenny Cruikshank, daughter Emily Cheysobhon (husband Chris); Grandchildren Clover, Toby, Livia, and James Ranon. Sisters Patty (John) MacLean, Susan Cruikshank, brother Rory (Libby) Cruikshank and brother-in-law Terrell Bailey.

He is preceded in death by his parents James Wes and Jewell Cruikshank, brothers John C. Cruikshank and Scott Cruikshank, as well as sister Lisa (Cruikshank) Bailey.

 

Per Terry’s request there will be no service. Memorial contributions may be made to the Fairbanks Community Food Bank or The Arthritis Foundation.

The family thanks all those for the outpouring of love and support during this time as well as Hospice Care of Fairbanks Memorial Hospital.

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