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Cruz, John B.


John Briceno Cruz passed away on May 18th 2021 with his loving wife Vanessa and sister Mary by his side. He had been battling illnesses for several years is now home with Jesus. John was born on May 27, 1948 in Dale Texas, but lived a great part of his life in Irving, Texas.  John and Vanessa were married for 24 years and they have a daughter, Tiffany Alison.

John also has two daughters, Cindy Cruz-Smith and Deen Elizabeth and his only son Johnathan. John always had a smile and sense of humor that could light up any room.  John enjoyed listening to music, watching movies and spending time with his family. John was preceded in death by his parents Matias and San Juanita Cruz, his grandparents Jesus and Teresita Briceno and grandsons Anthony Cruz and Jeremiah Luke Cruz-Yahola.  He is survived by wife Vanessa, daughters Tiffany Alison, Cindy Cruz-Smith (Kelly) and Deen Elizabeth, his only son Johnathan Cruz, grandkids Morgan, Michael, Stephen, Sanuel, Abigail, and Jameson, siblings Mary Cruz Flores, Reyes Cruz (Sonya), Crecencio “Chris” Cruz (DionSheila), Narciso “Cecil” Cruz (Rosemary),and his uncle Andrew Briceno, extended family and friends.

Visitation will be held on Friday, May 21st from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm at North Dallas Funeral Home at 2710 Valley View Lane, Dallas, 75234.  The Funeral Mass will follow at 1:30 pm at Holy Family of Nazareth Catholic Church, 2323 Cheyenne Street, Irving, Texas 75062.

Please leave the family condolences and share memories on this website.

    Eric Cruz
    13 Oct 2022

    I miss you already Uncle John “Big John” Cruz. I will always have your laughter and humor in my mind. Love you RIP

    Cindy Cruz
    13 Oct 2022

    My Dad is no longer suffering. He spoke of seeing Heaven before departing this earth. He was ready. We weren’t, but he was.
    I’d like to thank his wife, Vanessa for always being by his side through all his ailments.
    His body is finally at peace now.
    John Cruz will always be loved,on Earth and in Heaven.
    Love you Dad or as my kids call you, Papa John.
    -Cindy C.

    Abigail Smith
    13 Oct 2022

    We will all miss you Papa John! We know you are no longer suffering. We will meet again some day. Love you

    13 Oct 2022

    Mr. Cruz, I will never forget your laugh or that smile! Thank you for allowing me to be a part of your family.

    Deen Elizabeth Cruz
    13 Oct 2022

    Daddy, my heart is broken that you are no longer here. Yet I am so thankful to the Lord you are no longer hurting. You have a new body that will never cause you pain. I’ll miss our weekly, sometimes daily talks. I’ll miss you saying hush it Deen, but the I love you’s I’ll miss the most. I know you loved us Daddy. I am thankful to Vanessa for sticking by your side on the difficult days when you were sick. I know that wasn’t easy. I’ll see you soon Daddy, but not today. Go meet your Grandson, his name is Jeremiah Luke-Cruz (Yahola) I called him Meeko and he’ll be 25 next month. So, celebrate your birthday with your Grands! I’ll love you forever and always! You’ve been the best Daddy ever! Love, Deen.

    Gina Cruz
    13 Oct 2022

    I will always remember my gentle giant with a smile that could light up any room and a laugh that would brighten up your day. I love and will miss you tio! Your favorite niece… Gina

    Samuel Smith
    13 Oct 2022

    We know our Papa John will be watching us from above. He was a strong man with a strong sense of love. We will miss him.

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"As soon as the call was made to Mr. Wayne Baxter all of my brothers final needs were taken care of. They walked me through what to expect the timeline and even dealt with the cemetery and the grave diggers. I was a hot mess due to my brothers sudden and unexpected passing. The experience was seamless and made it easy for my brother’s friends and family to say their last goodbyes. They even had the size to accommodate such a large group that showed up . The package deals that they offered were cost-effective and didn’t break my bank account. They included extras and accommodations that other funeral homes charged extra for. All the staff was amazing including Mr. Don Dodd . I can not thank them enough for all their help."
The Gillilands
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Dear John,

It was such a nice pleasure to meet you, and what you had planned for my father just took my breath away. It was so special to hear you tell us how he would just come over to talk with you. I think it brought him much comfort. Tha you for putting that Air Force article of him on your website. I am going to have a replica made of the painting of his plane to give you.

Thank you again for all you have done to honor our dad.

Love, The Gillilands


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