Jose Joaquin Cruz

Jose Joaquin Cruz, 86, of Port Lavaca passed away Jan. 2, 2020. He was born Feb. 22, 1933 in Tampico, Tamaulipas, Mexico to Ponciano Cruz and Dolores Escobar.

He worked as an electrical mechanic. Joaquin was a member of the United Citizens League and served as a Lector and Eucharistic Minister at Our Lady of the Gulf and Holy Trinity in Victoria.

He is survived by his loving wife, Hilda Gomez Cruz; daughter, Nora Hilda Reyes (Robert), of Victoria; sons, Joaquin Antonio Cruz (Hilda) of Victoria, Enrique Cruz (Lucy) of Inez; Jorge Luis Cruz (Sonia) of Victoria, and Javier Cruz (Noemi) of Port Lavaca; sisters, Leonor Cruz Rosas, of Tampico, Teresa Cruz Robledo, of Corpus Christi, Refugio Cruz Aguilar, of Poza Rica, and Lourdes Cruz, of Tampico; 13 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; sister, Emma Charles; and brothers, Marcos Cruz, Miguel Ramirez and Ramon Ramirez.

Visitation was held from 5-7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 6, at Richardson-Colonial Funeral Home with a Rosary recited at 7 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. A funeral Mass was at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, at Our Lady of the Gulf Catholic Church with Fr. Tommy Chen officiating.

Pallbearers are Zachary Cruz, Marcus Cruz, Sean Cruz, Joaquin Cruz Jr., Michael Ramirez, Jamie Lara, Trevor Daher, Jonah Rivera and Dr. Christopher Everett.

Donations may be made to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s disease.

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