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Howard Cruse

Howard Russell Cruse

Tuesday, May 2nd, 1944 - Tuesday, November 26th, 2019
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Howard Russell Cruse, 75 of Williamstown, MA died of cancer Tuesday November 26, 2019 at Berkshire Medical Center.
He was born in Birmingham, AL on May 2, 1944 son of Clyde and Irma (Russell) Cruse. He attended schools in Springville, AL and graduated from Indian Springs School. Howard received a bachelor's degree from Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, AL.
Howard was a self-employed cartoonist and writer all of his life. He notably founded the gay comics movement in 1980 and published the novel, "Stuck Rubber Baby" that won awards worldwide. He moved to the Berkshires in 2002.
Survivors include his husband of 40 years, Edward P. Sedarbaum and one daughter Kim Venter of Atlanta, GA. He also leaves grandchildren and one brother- Allan B. Cruse of San Francisco, CA.

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Cheryl Tarczynski

Posted at 04:20pm
I am heartbroken to see his name in the obituaries. We were so blessed to have him choose to be part of our community. When you first arrived, I was attending a book reading at Papyri Books on Eagle Street. You invited us (strangers) to your house after the event. (I thought - Is this a joke? Would I be brave enough to attend? Who would do this? Am I safe? Are these people really who they say they are?) And I didn't go! I will always regret that. I now believe that the offer was sincere and heartfelt and it was coming from truly remarkable people. He tried starting a local zine. Another act I thought was unbelievable. Nonetheless, it made my heart smile when I would see him at a local event, like MoCA, and he would always greet me and his smile just warmed everything I ever thought about humanity. He didn't act famous.

George Taylor

Posted at 12:18pm
Howard was a friend and fellow student at Birmingham-Southern College. Even then, in the late 60’s, Howard’s gift for cartooning and capturing moments of decision about social justice were evident. After decades in separate orbits, we reconnected in early November this year. Both his sweetness and his incisive mind were altogether intact. He will be deeply missed.
George Taylor

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