Nicholas Cruz, Jr.
1949 - 2019
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Nicholas Cruz, Jr., age 69, of Paupackan Lake Estates, Lakeville, died Saturday, March 23, 2019, at Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale.  He is survived by his wife of 26 years, Elaine Frances Beninati.

Born September 10, 1949, in Manhattan, NY, he was the son of the late Nicholas Cruz Sr. and Esmeralda (Accevedo) Cruz. A Vietnam Army Veteran, he worked as a bus operator for the New York Transit Authority until his retirement in 2004. Mr. Cruz was a member of Veterans of Foreign Wars. He was also a dedicated animal lover.  Formerly of Staten Island, NY, he had been a Lakeville resident for 15 years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter: Julie Maria Cruz of Norfolk, VA; one son: Daniel Cruz of Queens, NY; four sisters: Gloria Cruz of Staten Island, NY, Aida Cruz of Massachusetts, Yvette Schmitt of Long Island, NY, and Judy Corea of Woodbridge, VA; two brothers: Freddy Cruz of Homestead, FL and Joe Cruz of New Jersey; nine grandchildren: Brianna, Melina, David Michael, Danny Jr., Victoria, Zoe, Danni, Vincent and Thomas; and one great grandchild: Nova. 

He was preceded in death by a brother:  David.

Calling hours will be Wednesday, March 27, from 2 to 4 and 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Teeters' Funeral Chapel, 505 Church St, Hawley, PA.  The funeral will follow at 8:30 p.m. at the funeral home.  Private cremation will be held at Lake Region Crematory, Lake Ariel.
Memorials may be made to Dessin Animal Shelter, 138 Miller Rd., Honesdale, PA 18431.

For additional information or to leave a condolence, please visit  Arrangements were made by Teeters' Funeral Chapel, Inc., 505 Church St., Hawley, PA 18428.

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Published in News Eagle from Mar. 26 to Apr. 25, 2019.
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June 17, 2019
I love and miss you so much.. and your Mia still looks for you when I say your name...
Your loving wife
May 9, 2019
I miss you every single day. I carry you with me where ever I go. I will always love you!!!!!!
Your loving wife
April 29, 2019
I'm so sorry for the loss of your dear loved one, Nicholas. When someone we love falls asleep in death, our memories become a fine treasure of a life well lived. May those memories and the promise found at John John 6:40 bring you a measure of comfort at this time. My sincerest condolences. ~ Leslie
April 26, 2019
May the words at Isaiah 61:1, 2 prove to be comforting to you. God will bind up the broken hearted... and comfort all who mourn.
April 15, 2019
I'm so sorry for your loss. My deepest condolences to the family. When we lose someone we love, the pain and grief can seem unbearable. But trust in the God of comfort, he will make you strong and give you peace at this difficult time. Numbers 6:26
April 12, 2019
Very sorry for the loss you are going through.
May you find comfort in God's love and a measure
of peace in Psalm 119:76.
March 28, 2019
Richard Morholt
March 28, 2019
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Richard Morholt
March 28, 2019
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Richard Morholt
March 26, 2019

I am sorry to hear about Nick. Condolences to you and family.

We'll keep you in our thoughts and prayers.

Bill and Renee
March 26, 2019
Dear Elaine,
My condolences to you and your family on this difficult time. Nick was one of a kind and will be missed dearly. May he rest in peace.
Nancy and Luis Zapata Santos
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