The 16th Annual William Floyd Scholarship Fund Golf Tournament is always a fun-filled day of friendly competition among friends and new acquaintances. This years tournament was held in memory of two amazing people.
Century 21 Cor-Ace Realty and Ace Builders employed Maria Cruz for the past twelve years. She started out as a part time assistant answering phones on the weekends. She did not have any knowledge of the real estate business, but this quickly changed. She became a Licensed Real Estate Salesperson. She was smart, competent and loved the real estate business. She took on many responsibilities within the business. She was a tremendous help to the agents in dealing with computers, cameras, videos, advertising, etc. She was a wiz and you could always hear the agents and owners screaming her name, “MARIA, MARIA, I need your help.” She did this unconditionally with her beautiful smile and patient manner. Maria was kind, loving and gave more of herself than she ever asked in return. Many of the agents felt like she was a part of the family, like a daughter to them. One agent said, “She was his favorite girl.”
Maria was an inspiration to all of us. She had many personal struggles with her health and family. Maria had Lupus disease. She never complained and was a wonderful caring person to her family and
friends. She didn’t let Lupus define her. She was devoted to her mother, Maria, who died in 2010 and to her brother Jeffrey, who died just months later in 2011. During this heartbreaking time, Maria was worried about her other brother Fito, who was stationed in Afghanistan. Through all of this, Maria persevered with her beautiful smile and her loving gentle spirit. Sadly within months of her brother’s death, Maria died suddenly on November 2, 2011.
Since 1994, Century 21 Cor-Ace Realty and Ace Builders has sponsored the annual William Floyd Scholarship Golf Tournament. They have given away over $361,000.00 in scholarships to the seniors at William Floyd High School. They all enjoy this day volunteering their time to make this tournament a success. They have a great time and believe the attendees do also. With their generous donations and hard work, the golf tournament has been a huge success year after year.
Maria played an enormous part in “behind the scenes work” related to the annual golf tournament for many years. She will forever be remembered for her kindness and compassion for others.
Robert Dean Hodgson was a highly acclaimed boys’ basketball coach and teacher at William Floyd High School. He was born in Jamaica, New York. He attended West Islip High School where he starred in football and basketball. Bob was inducted into the West Islip High School Athletic Hall of Fame for his outstanding high school athletic career. Bob attended Penn State University, playing basketball on an athletic scholarship. He coached in Ohio and South Dakota for tens years before coming to William Floyd.
Bob Hodgson had been a part of the Floyd family for over 23 years. He taught health education and coached basketball. He took over a perennially unsuccessful basketball program and turned it into one of the most respected in Suffolk County. Bob’s dedication to coaching has inspired and motivated countless students. More importantly, Bob was a great guy and a loving family man. The boys’ basketball championships during his tenure are sources of great pride for the high school, district and community. His work as coach transcended the basketball court as he helped students become more respectful and responsible people. Bob mentored and cared for his students like they were his own.
Bob and his wife Lynn, who passed away only five weeks after his untimely death, were the proud parents of four children; Robert Jr., Rex, Rose and Ryan, all of whom graduated from William Floyd High School.
Bob was a big part of the Floyd family and he is missed by all who knew him.