John “Jack” Cruice, Jr., age 74, was peacefully called home to the Lord on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 after an extended illness. Jack was born in Abington, PA to the late John F. Cruice Sr. and Mildred M. (nee Liddell) Cruice.
For the last 30 years, Jack and his wife Trudy resided in Chester County, PA. Jack received his Bachelor’s degree from Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Overbrook, PA and also pursued his Master’s degree in Theology. Jack was very loyal to his faith. In time, with prayers and the grace of God, he decided he wanted to raise a family, and met the love of his life, Trudy. Trudy and Jack met in 1969 and enjoyed 47 wonderful years of marriage. They were blessed with six children and fifteen grandchildren, who were the pride and joy of Jack’s existence.
Jack, a devout Irish Catholic, belonged to St. Elizabeth’s Church, in Chester Springs, PA. He was most passionate about his faith, family, and education. Jack was a kind and intelligent man, a voracious reader, and lover of history and politics who always loved a good debate. Jack’s serious side was balanced by his infectious sense of humor and his love of good music and dancing. He was a true gentleman whose hearty laugh engaged everyone in the room.
An educator at heart, Jack taught for ten years in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia as a High School history teacher at St. Pius X in Pottstown, Archbishop Wood in Warminster, and Archbishop Ryan. During this time Jack began and coached a wrestling team at St. Pius X and a swim team at Archbishop Wood. Jack’s heart of compassion for the poor was contagious. While at Archbishop Wood, Jack began a group called SURGE where he led the students in various service activities. Jack opened the first Head Start Montessori School on Spring Garden Street in Philadelphia, which led him to become an adjunct professor in early childhood education at several local colleges.
Additionally, Jack was an avid sports enthusiast. During football season he could be heard cheering loudly for the Philadelphia Eagles and his beloved Notre Dame Fighting Irish. However, his loudest cheers could be heard on the sidelines of both his children and grandchildren’s games.
After Jack’s teaching career, he transitioned to Prudential Insurance Company where he earned his LUTCF. During his seventeen year tenure, Jack rose through the ranks at Prudential from salesman, Assistant to the Vice President, and District Manager.
Jack is survived and missed by his wife, Trudy (nee Toner), six children: Jennifer M. Ruggeri (John), Shannon E. Nicolas (John), Maureen A. McFillin (Matthew), Shawn P. Cruice (Alison), Timothy D. Cruice, and Brian J. Cruice, fifteen grandchildren, and siblings Ruth Ann Nazimek and husband Stanley, Michael Cruice and wife Susan, Richard Cruice and wife Donna, Regina Rohan and husband Patrick, and Steven Cruice and wife Esther, and many loving nephews, nieces, and extended family and friends.
An evening viewing will be held on Monday, August 13, 2018, 6-8PM, at the James J. Terry Funeral Home, 736 E. Lancaster Avenue, Downingtown, PA. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10AM on Tuesday, August 14th, at St. Elizabeth’s Church, 120 Street, Elizabeth’s Drive, Chester Springs, PA, where friends and family will be received from 9AM-9:45AM.
Private interment will be held at a later date at All Souls Cemetery, Coatesville, PA.
In lieu of flowers, a donation in Jack’s name can be made to the Neighborhood Homecare and Hospice, 795 E. Marshall Street West Chester, PA 19380, or the National Shrine of St. Jude, 205 W. Monroe St, Chicago, IL 60606.