Entertainer Su Cruickshank passed away on Tuesday night in Newcastle after battling a long illness, aged 63.
Cruickshank was a regular guest on ABC Radio and also featured on television variety shows, including The Midday Show with Ray Martin, The Bert Newton Show and in movies.
Other roles include regular appearances on ABC’s drama G.P. and a stint as the mother of Yahoo Serious in Young Einstein. Two series of her talk programme In Company with Su Cruickshank were screened on ABC and she was a guest panellist on Good News Week.
Cruickshank was given the unofficial title ‘The Queen of Jazz’ after hosting the Midsummer Festival of Jazz in Sydney’s Domain for many years.
“She was fantastic with audiences, both as a singer and as a compere, and a promoter of jazz,” her sister Jane said.
“The thing with Su is she was incredibly generous. She did lots of freebies for charities and other musos. She was very generous with her time. Money and possessions were never important to her.”