Leslie “Lefty” Cruz

02/01/1957 - 03/12/2023

Leslie “Lefty” Cruz is survived by his life partner Denise (O’Hare) Nardulli, her sons Dillan Nardulli (Samantha Stotler, fiancee) and Dante Nardulli (Nicole Cummings, fiancee) and grandson Leo Nardulli; Les’ parents (deceased) Juan and Salvadora; brother JP Cruz (Shari Shinn), nephew John Paul Cruz, step-nephew Trevor Teapole; sister (deceased) Diana Cruz; and cousin Desiree Ruiz in Orlando. Lefty was born in NY, then moved to Ohio, and then PA and now was residing in Florida. Les was awarded a HS scholarship in baseball to attend Trinidad College in Colorado and received an Associates Degree in business and then graduated from Wagner College in Staten Island, New York. He was a pickleball champion at James Monroe High School in NY.

Lefty sold cars for a living, sold insurance before that. He would often tell his car buyers on a test run, “My name is Les Cruz, now le’s cruise!” Lefty” was an avid bowler and scored several 300 games and an 800 series at Baden Bowl in Baden, PA. He loved playing golf. Lefty also played the viola and was a master Violist. He played all solo and his favorite song to play was “somewhere over the rainbow.” Lefty was a fantastic dancer, i.e., cha cha, salsa, hustle, bachata, west coast swing, and boogie. He was often seen on a dance floor. Now he is dancing with angels. Rest in peace! When you see a rainbow, think of Les!