Footprints: Glen Cruickshank - Gone to a higher court
On February 3, attorney-at-law Arthur Glen-Roy Cruickshank, born to Zacharia and Lena Cruickshank in Brown's Town, St Ann, slept away from all the legal issues of this world and entered into a court of eternal rest.
The Brown's Town Primary and York Castle High School past student spent all his adult life surrounded by the law.
Cruickshank did his legal training at the Inns of Court School of Law in England. He was a member of Inner Temple in England, where he was called to the Bar of Law of England and Wales. He was also admitted to practise as an attorney-at-law in Jamaica, where he was called to the Inner Bar and took Silk in 2005.
His professional endeavours included working with the late Anthony Spaulding, attorney-at-law, and Percival James Patterson, attorney-at-law, as a young attorney after being admitted to the Bar. He later joined 53 Chambers, the chambers of Ian Ramsey, with Howard Hamilton, Patrick Atkinson, Arnold Joseph Nicholson, Carlton Williams, Donna McIntosh Bryce, and others.
His notable cases were the Claudius Mossop murder and the Grenada shooting. Cruickshank also practised in The Cayman Islands and Grenada.
The former justice of the peace for St Mary was also the director of the Legal Aid Council, a member of the Jamaica Agricultural Society, and a member of the Advocate Society.
The legal luminary was predeceased by his wife, Dr Yvonne E. Cruickshank, government forensic analyst, who was the director of the Government Forensic Lab until 2004.
He fathered two children, Jason (deceased) and Dionne, attorney-at-law (from first wife, Beverly). His granddaughter, Jourdon Robinson, a microbiology and classics 2015 graduate of the University of Florida, is also left to mourn.
One of the lessons he left with daughter Dionne is, "The bond we have is like a golden thread that cannot be broken. It can only get stronger with time."
And only time will tell.
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