Calvin Joseph “Cal” Cruz
July 31, 1932 - April 30, 2023
Calvin Joseph “Cal” Cruz of Middletown, DE passed away on Sunday, April 30, 2023, at the age of 90. Always quick with a sly grin and teasing remark, Cal will be sorely missed by all who knew him.
Born on July 31, 1932 in Fairhaven, MA, Cal was the youngest child of Frank and Anna Cruz, immigrants from Portugal’s Azore Islands. Later in life, he was thrilled to be able to return to his mother’s hometown and connect with distant relatives.
Cal attended Clemson University for his MS in Chemistry (graduated 1955) during which time he met Anne Stalvey. After service in the Marine Corp, Cal married Anne in 1958. Cal went on to obtain his PhD in Chemistry from the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill (graduated 1961). Cal remained a lifelong Tar Heels fan, loving to cheer on the basketball team with Anne—whether on TV or in person.
Cal and Anne lived and raised their family in Delaware (Wilmington, Hockessin). Cal spent his career at DuPont, working as a technical service supervisor for various products. Outside work, Cal took a hands-on approach to life, founding and coaching a little league football team for his young sons and buying and boarding horses to support his daughter’s riding dreams.
In retirement, Cal and Anne lived in Lumberton, NC and then for many years in Chapin, SC, where he enjoyed trips to the beach and riding jet skis on Lake Murray with his grandchildren. When he wasn’t with family, Cal could be found working around the house on projects ranging from restoring a 1963 Jaguar E-type Roadster (his dream car), to fixing household appliances, to crafting toys for his grandchildren in his woodshop.
Above all, Cal cherished his family, in which he was beloved as a husband, father, and grand-dad. Cal was predeceased by his parents and by siblings Thelma, Jerry, and Clifford. He is survived by his loving wife, Anne; children Joe (Jane), Steve (Corinne), and Rebecca (Anthony); and grandchildren Noah (Abby), Connor (Stephanie), Micah (Taylor), Casey, Rachel, Brett, and Nina.
Services will be held privately.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Cal’s memory to a charity of the donor’s choice.