Amy Lynn Cruz, formerly of New Britain, passed away unexpectedly on Dec. 1, 2018, from complications of ovarian cancer. Amy attended New Britain public schools and is probably best remembered for her intelligence, sense of humor and quick wit. Amy found her passion for human services while volunteering at Sheldon Community Guidance Clinic’s peer counseling program during high school.
After high school, she went on to make her mark in this world by working for New Britain HRA where she counseled individuals with HIV and assisted them in obtaining resources. She also provided education regarding the virus and its prevention to the general public. Amy was also an intricate part in helping to establish programs in New Britain, assisting those suffering from active addiction to get clean and sober. She has stated several times that this was her most gratifying work.
After relocating to Cape Cod, she worked for Fellowship Health Resources where she counseled and advocated for clients with mental health and substance abuse disorders. In her free time, she enjoyed reading, gardening, cooking and spending time with loved ones. Amy battled her illness for 13 years like a true warrior, with courage and dignity. She will be missed terribly by her aunt, Miss Nancy Wharton who provided care, compassion, and support throughout Amy’s illness and her lifelong best friend, Cathy Henry, with whom she shared a once in a lifetime friendship. Amy always had a kind word for others. Even when she was the illest, she did not hesitate to spread joy and kindness. In her honor, we should embrace the words of Buddha “Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle and the life of the candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared.” A memorial service celebrating Amy’s life will be announced at a later date.