2018-10-11 / Obituaries

Richard Cruz, Sr.

October 8, 2018

Richard Cruz, Sr. Richard Cruz, Sr. Richard L. Cruz Sr., 81, died early Monday morning Oct. 8, 2018, at Country Village Genesis Eldercare Center, Lancaster, NH, after battling cancer.

Mr. Cruz was born on Aug. 2, 1937 in Brooklyn, NY, the son

Theodore and Emma (Scherle) Cruz. He was raised in Brooklyn and was graduate of Newton High School, Class of 1955. Richard was drafted into the U.S. Army while attending college. He married the love of his life, Catherine H. Gallagher, on Feb. 18, 1960.

He started working as a draftsman for Con Ed and then became a journeyman lineman. In 1967, he moved to Wyalusing, PA, with his wife, where they raised their family. He worked for Penelec and then Claverack REC as a journeyman lineman. In the early 80s, he started his own business, Cruz Electric, which he owned and operated and worked with his youngest brother until his death and then continued until 2017. He mentored his son and grandson in electrical work over the years.

Richard was a member and Past Master of the Masonic Blue Lodge. He enjoyed sports, particularly events his grandchildren participated in. He attended as many sporting and school events for his children and later grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Richard attended and traveled to many wrestling events, softball and basketball games; he was an avid Wyalusing Rams fan. After the death of his wife, he traveled from his home in PA to his daughter’s in VT to attend school functions and end of year field trips with his grandson and granddaughter. He enjoyed attending the Lancaster Fair and watching his grandson in the tractor pulls.

He will be remembered by many as devoted husband to his ailing wife, dedicated father to his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren as well as a dependable friend to many. Richard was always there to lend a hand, shoulder to cry on and words of wisdom or just a hug. He often would cook meals for his family and friends. Many will remember his contagious smile and his overalls as well as fixing anything for anyone. He will be missed by his faithful and loyal companion, Colt.

Surviving family members include his children and their spouses, Richard Cruz, Jr. and Leigh Trasco of Ulster and Dawn Rogers and Thomas, Sr. of Guildhall, VT; grandchildren, Tané Bates and spouse, Ken of Camptown, Gina Genoble of Midland, TX, Ricky Cruz, III of Stevensville, Olivia Cruz of Sayre, Thomas Rogers, Jr. of Guildhall, VT, Zach Trasco of Ulster and Emma-Mae Rogers of Guildhall, VT; two great-grandchildren, Rorrie and Evan Bates of Stevensville; sister-in-law, Helen Dilillo of Long Island, NY and his nieces and many cousins. He was predeceased by his parents and parents-in-law; spouse, Catherine, and two brothers, Theodore Cruz, Jr. and Frederick Cruz.

A Memorial Service will be held at a later date at the family’s convenience.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Richard’s memory to Guthrie Clinic Cancer Center, 1 Guthrie Square, Sayre, PA 18840.

Arrangements are under the direction of Bailey Funeral Home in Lancaster. Please go to www.baileyfh.net for more information or to send an online condolence.

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