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Memorial Donation Provides Rest for the Weary

DelaCruz Family wbBench Donated in Memory of Dr. Ricardo dela Cruz located in front of McKenzie Health System Hospital Campus

Visitors to the McKenzie Health System Hospital Campus now have a place to rest and catch a breath of fresh air thanks to the generous donations from McKenzie Health System Staff, both past and present.

Front: Dean dela Cruz, Cora dela Cruz Bogner, Avery dela Cruz Rubens, Gordon Rubens
Back row: Litto Cardenas, Luisa Cardenas, Sheree dela Cruz Rubens, Mrs. dela Cruz, Roselyn Bogner, Sloane dela Cruz Bogner, Roderic dela Cruz

A memorial bench was recently placed at the main entrance in loving memory of Dr. Ricardo dela Cruz, a hard-working and devoted physician in the Sandusky area for 31 years that passed away in December of 2014.

Dr. Ricardo Buenaventura dela Cruz was born on August 17, 1948 in Lolomboy, Bocaue, Bulacan, Philippines. Dr. dela Cruz was a graduate of the Meycauayan Institute and went on to graduate from Far Eastern University School of Medicine in 1973.   After immigrating to the United States, he completed his residencies in both Pathology and Internal Medicine, and opened his own practice in Sandusky, Michigan.  For the next 31 years, he devoted his life to his patients and his family.  He died after a brief illness. His family, patients, and colleagues at McKenzie Health System have greatly missed his quiet presence, infectious smile, and gentle spirit.

When the staff at the McKenzie Health System Hospital Campus looked for a way to memorialize the tender and caring devotion of Dr. dela Cruz, a bench where people could rest and reflect only seemed natural.  Dr. dela Cruz was a quiet and deeply spiritual man.  When he did speak, it was with caring, compassion, and his words were quite often profound.  He generally spoke with a twinkle in his eye as well.

The Ricardo dela Cruz Memorial Bench is a handsome gray granite bench lovingly engraved with the message “He That Touches So Many Lives is Never Forgotten”.   The gray granite is a tribute to the strength he provided to those lives he touched.  The inscription a reminder of the honor he felt to serve others.  His wife, Lolita, children, and grandchildren were honored to attend the recent dedication.

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