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Kraeer Funeral Home and Cremation Center

1655 University Drive, Coral Springs, FL

OBITUARY

Joseph Cruz Sr.

June 29, 1931July 12, 2019
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Cruz, Joseph Sr., 88, of Coral Springs, passed away July 12, 2019. Joseph was born June 29, 1931 in Newark, New Jersey to the late Evaristo and Noehima (Alves) Cruz. He loved music. He graduate in 1950 from Arts High School in Newark where he learned to read and write music. He played the drums, bass & trumpet. He especially loved Jazz. His family meant the world to him and he was always telling them stories and jokes. He loved dogs and his favorite comedians were Abbott & Costello. Joseph was predeceased by his sister, Irene Hanover. Those left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 68 years, Lydia, daughter, Catherine Cruz, son, Joseph Cruz Jr. and granddaughter, Melissa Diaz. The family will receive friends on Monday, July 15, 2019, 5:00 -8:00pm at Kraeer Funeral Home & Cremation Center, 1655 University Drive, Coral Springs. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated on Tuesday, July 16, 2019 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 9950 NW 29th Street, Coral Springs. Entombment to immediately follow at Queen of Heaven Cemetery, North Lauderdale.

  • FAMILY

  • Lydia Cruz, Wife
  • Catherine Cruz, Daughter
  • Joseph Cruz Jr., Son
  • Melissa Diaz, Granddaughter
  • Irene Hanover, Sister (deceased)

Services

  • Visitation Monday, July 15, 2019
  • Funeral Service Tuesday, July 16, 2019
  • Committal Service Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Memories

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Catherine Cruz

July 23, 2019

This is lyrics from one of my Dads favorite songs, he would shed a tear every time he heard it. My Way
Frank Sinatra
And now, the end is near
And so I face the final curtain
My friend, I'll say it clear
I'll state my case, of which I'm certain
I've lived a life that's full
I've traveled each and every highway
But more, much more than this
I did it my way
Regrets, I've had a few
But then again, too few to mention
I did what I had to do
And saw it through without exemption
I planned each charted course
Each careful step along the byway
And more, much more than this
I did it my way
Yes, there were times, I'm sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way
I've loved, I've laughed and cried
I've had my fill my share of losing
And now, as tears subside
I find it all so amusing
To think I did all that
And may I say - not in a shy way
Oh no, oh no, not me
I did it my way
For what is a man, what has he got
If not himself, then he has naught
To say the things he truly feels
And not the words of one who kneels
The record shows I took the blows
And did it my way
Yes, it was my way

Elaine Salvadore

July 17, 2019

We were in Florida for my birthday one year, and the conversation turned to all funny things about Uncle Joe. He turned around and said “Artie, this is a nightmare”, we all had so much fun. To this day, we always quote him when things get out of control. We miss him dearly and pray for strength and comfort for you.

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