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.

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7 replies on “Cruz, John B.”

Eric Cruz says:

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 says:

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 says:

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

Kelly says:

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 says:

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 says:

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 says:

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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Uncle Willard & Aunt Val Gean Wiese
We would like to thank you for linking us to the live streaming, so that we could see our Niece Cindy Ivin’s Memorial Service.  Please let her fellow workers know we thank them for their additional support along with her friends that helped her.  Cindy was very special to us. Uncle Willard & Aunt Val Gean Wiese North Dallas Funeral Home 972-241-9100 Don Dodd-Funeral Director