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Death of Marcel Cruickshank creates void in Swinging Stars

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Cruickshank at his mixer board

The death of Swinging Stars Band member, Marcel Cruickshank, will create a void in the band, at least for some time, says founder member, Norman Letang.

Cruickshank died on Friday night at Princess Margaret Hospital after ailing for some time.

Letang told our newsroom that the members of Swinging Stars were saddened by the loss of the Cruickshank who died of heart complications after suffering two strokes.

“He got a second stroke after Carnival. He had got a second stroke before that but that really put him down and he went to Martinique eventually but before that,” he revealed. “They seem to have realized that there wasn’t much they could do….he had three leaking valves. I mean a quarter of his heart was dead.”

Cruickshank (in flowered shirt in back row) with other members of Swininging Stars

He said Cruickshank loved Swinging Stars and enjoyed his role in the band.

“He loved to set up the equipment and to handle the sound. I mean you have to face it; even this carnival, I suspect against advice, he still came and engineered every night at the tent…for all the activities. We have to say a big thank you to him.”

According to Letang, Cruickshshank’s condition worsened after Carnival and he was unable to continue to work with Swinging Stars. The band has since brought in a new engineer but Letang said Cruickshank will be remembered for his diligence in setting up the equipment, and his ability to achieve a rounded sound for the band.

“He was the engineer for years, eh….maybe forty years. His strong point was actually setting up the stuff and he made it sound good. We go somewhere and in an hour’s time, we set up and sound good,” Letang recalled.

As an electronics technician and electrician who operated his own workshop, Cruickshank was also, according to Letang, an asset who dealt with minor electronic and electrical problems for the band.

Letang told Dominica News Online (DNO) that to the best of his knowledge, Cruickshank is survived by two daughters.





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