the key west citizenAugust 13, 2018


Louis B. Cruz, Jr. passed away at this home on Aug. 9, 2018, just one month before his 83rd Birthday. He was born on Sept. 11, 1935. He was a 1954 Graduate of Key West High School and a 1974 Graduate of Florida International University. He was proudest of the many years that he spent in Law Enforcement with the City of Miami and with the Florida Parole Commission. He retired from the Monroe County School Board in 2000.

He is predeceased by his father, Louis B. Cruz, who perished in the 1935 Labor Day Hurricane, his mother and step-father, Ruby Stickney Metzger and Harry J. Metzger, his brother Sherwood Cruz and sister Winifred Fidelidey.

Louie is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Harris Cruz, daughter Kim Cooper and her husband Kenny, of Pittsburg, Texas; daughter Patricia Anne Cruz of Key West; son Louis B. Cruz III and his wife Kristin, of Sarasota, Florida; and son Jon Curry Cruz and his wife Pricilla of Jacksonville, Florida. Also surviving is his sister Doreen Cruz Brister of Sanford, Florida.

In addition, he is “Papa” to grandchildren, Nicole Harrington of Round Rock, Texas; Jason Zee of Winter Park, Florida; Robert Cruz of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Ashley Cruz Hartwick and Savannah Cruz Collins of Yucaipa, California; William Cruz of San Antonio, Texas, and Chelsea Cruz of Jacksonville. Also calling him “Papa” were his great-grandchildren, Connor and Ruby Mae Hartwick, Robert Cruz, Ashton and K.C. Collins, Nina Bella Cruz and Sophia Rose Cruz. He is also survived by his sisters and brothers in law, Art and Lanny Skelly, John and Emily Parsons, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Louie was a devoted member of the Basilica of Saint Mary, Star of the Sea, and a faithful adorer of the Blessed Sacrament in the Perpetual Adoration Chapel of 20 overs.

Funeral Mass will be celebrated on Tuesday, Aug. 14, at 11 a.m. Interment will be at a later date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to the Scholarship Fund of the Basilica School, 1010 Windsor Lane, Key West, Florida 33040.