Trenton Says Good-Bye To Tony Cruse
TRENTON - North Central Florida lost a very loved man this week. He was a member of the Gilchrist Country Sheriff’s Office who was known for his dedication and service to the community. Now Trenton is returning the favor, by showing their support and affection.
A year ago Anthony Cruse was honored as captain of the Gilchrist Country Sheriff’s Office. "Serving people is what I enjoy doing-- always have," Cruse said back in May of 2013.
Today family members mourn the loss of a son, a brother and a husband. Anthony Cruse or as everyone called him-- Tony, was a very loved man in the community of Trenton. This church filled with people is plenty of proof.
Rocky McKinley the Pastor at Destiny Community Church said, “Everyone who came in contact with tony was just touched by his life... Everybody."
Tony had been battling pancreatic cancer for a long time. At the age of 41, he is leaving behind his wife-- Carolyn and kids Matthew and Gracie; as well as his parents and grandparents.
During Tony’s commemorative service, Julie Thomas a family friend said, "As a man he defined honor, integrity and all that pure. His smile was that of a child and that was part of his allure."
Tony was very involved in the community; he was a member of the Carlton Masonic Lodge and the shrine club, among other things.
Bill Schreiber a past master at William T. Carlton Lodge #46 said, "One of the things we will miss is his subtle and often infectious sense of humor. Tony was always there for the lodge just as he was for the Gilchrist community and we will greatly miss him in lodge."
Mike Hamill considered Tony a brother and a best friend. On Tony’s last few days, Hamill did not leave his bedside. "If you needed tony at 2 o'clock in the morning... He would put his clothes on and he'd be there. And the word that I thought of for tony was genuine," Hamill said.
Tony passed away Wednesday at the haven hospice of Gainesville.
Family and friends tell me cruse's funeral is not an event to say goodbye but to cherish the good times and celebrate his life.
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