Mr. Raymond Cruz Rivera, an Amityville resident fondly nicknamed “Mr. Bustelo,” died April 8, 2021. He was 74 decades outdated.
Mr. Cruz was born in Puerto Rico on May 21, 1946. At the age of 2, his spouse and children relocated to Brooklyn. In 1964, he graduated from Alexander Hamilton Specialized and Vocational Higher School in Crown Heights. He enlisted in the U.S. Marines in the course of the Vietnam War, earning the rank of corporal while serving from 1967 right until 1972.
All through his early adulthood, Mr. Cruz returned to Puerto Rico to perform semi-experienced baseball on the Café Bustelo group.
In the 1980s, Mr. Cruz worked in Brooklyn as a warehouse supervisor for the Federation of the Handicapped. In 1983, whilst functioning, he achieved his spouse Dr. Anjana Mebane-Cruz. The pair wed on February 29, 1984 – leap yr day.
“We have been married 6 months soon after we’d commenced dating, whilst our officiant had a coronary heart assault!” reported Dr. Cruz. “It was the greatest, craziest issue I ever did.”
The pair lived in Brooklyn and East Orange, NJ, prior to relocating to Charlottesville, VA while Dr. Cruz earned her PhD Mr. Cruz experienced briefly attended Essex County College or university. By the early 2000s, they’d returned to New York, dwelling in Greenlawn before purchasing their Amityville residence in 2015.
Mr. Cruz experienced two young children from past marriages, Raymond Cruz III and Sandy Cruz, as effectively as a stage- son, David Alfreds.
Mr. Cruz cherished to brew Café Bustelo espresso, dance salsa, rejoice birthdays and regarded himself a fantastic Catholic.
“We loved heading out to take in out, regardless of whether it be at Francesco’s or Vittorio’s in Amityville, or Only Thai in Copiague,” explained Dr. Cruz. “He experienced been a Maritime in Vietnam, so his strategy of a good time was NOT being outdoor. But he learned how to recognize gardening by way of me.”
Afterwards in lifestyle, Mr. Cruz worked for the United States Postal Support, as effectively as section-time at Wild by Mother nature in Huntington. He also offered translation products and services to all those in lawful or professional medical need.
“I a short while ago discovered notebooks wherever he experienced outlined a small business concept, a assistance to enable aged and disabled individuals,” explained Dr. Cruz. “He required to make them a lot more at ease, to assure that their dwelling preparations were being clean and protected. That was him, he always wished to enable folks.”
Mr. Cruz is survived by his wife of 37 a long time, Dr. Anjana Mebane-Cruz of Amityville, son Raymond Cruz III of Florida, daughter Sandy Cruz of Florida and stepson David Alfreds of Connecticut. His 4 grandchildren and one terrific-grandchild also survive him.
Funeral preparations were less than the route of D’Andrea Bros. Funeral Household, situated at 99 Oak St. in Copiague. Personal cremation in a customized Café Bustelo espresso can urn followed, which customers of his spouse and children found completely fitting. On Could 21, 2021, the loved ones celebrated the late Mr. Cruz’ 75th birthday—as he would have preferred!—via Zoom.