CRUZ, KENNETH R. Kenneth Robert Cruz of Florida died peacefully September 15, 2013 at Mike Conley Hospice House in Florida. He was the husband of Virginia Hannon Cruz. Father of Dawn (Gary) Hickinbothem. Grandfather of Kristel and Gary Hickinbothem and Bryan Welter. Brother of the late Gloria Tedford and Martin Cruz. Ken was born in New Haven January 30, 1947 to the late Lawrence and Rose Balzano Cruz. He served with the Coast Guard before beginning his career as a police officer
. He joined the New Haven Police Dept. in 1968 where he worked for 18 years before retiring as Commander in 1986 at which time he was appointed Chief of Police in Guilford, a position he held until he retired in 2002. Ken was a Past President of the New England Chiefs of Police. Relatives and friends are invited to meet at the office of All Saints Cemetery Thursday morning at 10:45. Graveside services will begin at 11. There will be no visiting hours. Memorial contributions may be made to Mike Conley Hospice House, 2100 Oakley Seaver Dr., Clermont, FL 34711. The IOVANNE FUNERAL HOME, INC. is in care of Ken's arrangements.