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6050 Main Street
Mays Landing, NJ 08330
Phone: 609-625-2324
Fax: 609-625-9141

Melquiades "Eddie" Nicolas Cruz

Saturday, August 16th, 1952 - Sunday, February 2nd, 2020
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Melquiades Nicolas Cruz
August 16, 1952-February 2, 2020

Eddie, age 67, passed away on February 2, 2020. He was born on August 16, 1952 in Sorsogon, Philippines to Maria Camino Nicolas and Marcial Cruz. At the tender age of 20, Eddie lost his mother. After his mother’s passing, his four aunts, Titang, Tonya, Ming, and Alegria took Eddie and his brothers into their home. His four aunts loved them dearly and supported them well. While he was growing up, he became quite skilled in basketball, tennis, and chess, competing in tournaments.
While in college in 1978, Eddie coincidentally bumped into Grace while waiting for the jeepney. He got her phone number and began courting her. It was love at first sight. He later graduated college at the University of the East in Manila with a degree in business. In the 1980s, Eddie moved to America while pursuing his future wife, Grace Cruz, over the phone. His romantic pursuit was eventually a success. Grace and Eddie got married on December 21, 1985. In 1991, Grace joined Eddie in the United States and moved into their first home in Philadelphia, PA. Later on, he and Grace moved into their second home in Mays Landing, NJ and raised three loving and successful children, Michelle, Ed, and Gabbie.
Eddie touched the hearts of everyone he knew with his smile, charisma, generosity, resourcefulness, hard-work, helpfulness, selflessness, and unconditional love. He was an easy man to love. His smile and his laugh could light up a room. You could spot him in the crowd at every special event, game, and musical that his children were in because nothing was more important to him than being there for his family. His children loved him for that. As for his relatives, friends, and coworkers in Atlantic City, he never thought twice about lending a helping hand. He brought joy to everyone around him in so many ways.
His memory will live on through his beautiful wife, loving children, siblings and half siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, friends, and coworkers. To two of Eddie’s brothers, Odie and Zaldy, he was the “best, big brother.” To his coworkers from the casinos in Atlantic City, he was their “leader” and a central part of their family. Eddie was a great husband, father, brother, uncle, friend, and leader and will truly be missed.
There will be two viewings this weekend for Eddie. The first viewing will be held at Boakes Funeral Home on Friday, February 7, 2020 6pm – 9pm. The second viewing will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Church on Saturday, February 8, 2020 10am – 11am followed by mass at 11am.

Address for the viewing, Friday February 7, 2020:
Boakes Funeral Home
6050 Main St.
Mays Landing, NJ 08330

Address for the viewing and mass, Saturday February 8, 2020:
St. Vincent de Paul Church
5021 Harding Highway
Mays Landing, NJ 08330

There will be a reception following the Mass at St. Vincent de Paul Regional School, 5809 Main Street,
Mays Landing.
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  • Visitation

    Friday, February 7th, 2020 | 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Friday, February 7th, 2020 6:00pm - 9:00pm
    Boakes Funeral Home
    6050 Main Street
    MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
  • Second Visitation

    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 10:00am - 11:00am
    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 10:00am - 11:00am
    St. Vincent de Paul Church
    5021 Harding Highway
    MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330
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  • Service

    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 | 11:00am
    Saturday, February 8th, 2020 11:00am
    St. Vincent de Paul Church
    5021 Harding Highway
    MAYS LANDING, NJ 08330
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email

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Dominick Friia

Posted at 09:18am
Truly a sweet and beautiful soul.....I met Eddie in the early years of The Taj Mahal while working in the entertainment department.
No matter where we would cross paths, whether back of house hallways or during events we were working together there was always that smile and a big hello from Eddie.
After leaving the property 14 years ago I returned to open The Hard Rock in 2018 with so many of the originals and during the first chaotic weeks before opening this gentle man noticed me from 100 feet away and called my name to say hello and welcome me back after all that time.
That was who he was. I will miss him along with so many others...
Sleep tight my good man
To his family....God Bless You All


Ruth Ann Joyce

Posted at 09:11pm
I opened the TAJ with Eddie in 1990....such a gentleman then......such outstanding work ethic then. Admirable!! Fast forward to Hard Rock,,,,,Eddie left this earth with the same great characteristics.........still a gentleman with the same outstanding work ethic. Enjoy your rest Eddie, well deserved!

Jim Lambropoulos

Posted at 06:03pm
Mr. Eddie & I worked at Harrah's. He was a good worker and always helpful when I needed any assistance.
May his memory be eternal. To his family, May God give you strength during your time of need.
Demetris (Jim) Lambropoulos

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