With wisdom, constancy, and simplicity, “Coach Cruz” filled hours with Catholic athletes on the playing fields, and returned for CYSL play Saturdays at Catholic High.
He had faith in all ages and abilities, especially those just starting their athletic journeys.
If a player was asked after practice if he needed to phone for a parent, or was waiting longer for a ride, the response was easy—“ It's o.k.,--Coach Cruz is here.”
And so he was. But now , he is not just ‘here'—but everywhere as in memory we keep him close
and all his family that was his treasure. Blessings and Peace,
-Mrs. Judy Kaczor
Although we knew each other when we were undergrads at UF, it wasn't until my return to UF as a grad student did our friendship blossom. There were many nights when I would leave the chemistry labs to visit Lenny at Joe's Pizza. He would let me in the kitchen and we would talk about any number of things. We played golf together and had each other over for dinner on countless occasions. We even watched him play Jai-Alai when he was into that.
Lenny had the unique ability to brighten up any room. You could always count on him for a good laugh – whether at his expense or someone elses.
A lot of friends will say things like “I'll be there whenever you need me.” Everyone who knew Lenny knew that he was one of only a few people who would actually carry out those sayings.
I can't express my sorrow – I will miss him deeply.
Please accept our deepest sympathy.
Susan & Niki Sadr
There will be a big shoes to fill at Catholic High with Lenny's passing. He was a mentor to the students, a friend to his fellow coaches and CHS faculty,and he kept the CYSL strong. It's hard to believe God needed him more than us, but some things are not understandable. I'll miss seeing his smiling face.
Dear Cruz Family,
What a gift Lenny Cruz was to the children of Pensacola. He gave his time so that these impressionable kids could learn and grow in a safe and loving environment. Lenny's focus was on education on and off the field and the kids benefited from it. These children will all grow up and remember Coach Lenny 's lessons and will all be better for them. God Bless you Lenny and thank you for all you did for all our kids. It was an honor knowing you and your beautiful family