Harold CJ Cruze
Sept. 21, 1931 - Nov. 16, 2020
Resident of Castro Valley
Harold C J Cruze passed away at San Leandro Hospital after being infected
with Covid 19. He was born in New Orleans to Ethel and Harold Santa
Cruz. He served with the Army occupation forces in Japan, in charge of his
unit's finances, and got out just before the Korean War broke out. He was
married to Margie, and they had two children, Joan and Don. He moved his
family to San Francisco, and from there they moved to the South Bay, living
in Sunnyvale and San Jose.
When his marriage to Margie ended in the early 1960s, he moved to
Berkeley, and started working for CSAA on Grand Avenue in Oakland.
Here he met Randi, who would become his second wife. They had two sons,
Finn and Erik. He was promoted and transferred to Hayward, Sacramento,
Hanford and finally to the Main Office in San Francisco where he was
manager of many departments, eventually becoming Executive Manager of
Property Management and Planning & Development. He served on many
boards and commissions over the years, both in connection with his work
and in the civic arena. In 1974 the family moved to Castro Valley, where
they have remained. He retired in 1993.
He was also a 56 year member of Bjornson Lodge, Sons of Norway, in
Oakland, where he served five terms as president. He was also delegate to
many District and International Conventions.
Randi's family is in her native Norway, and he traveled to Norway at least
20 times, often combined with travel to other parts of Europe, including
three visits to Russia. The family also took many trips throughout the US
and Canada, and after the boys were grown, Harold and Randi took many
cruises and other tours to many exciting places.
Harold is survived by his wife, Randi, daughter Joan and her husband
Manny, sons Finn and Erik, grandchildren Donny (Stacey), David (Lisa),
Danielle (Daniel), Manny (Jennifer), Donovan, Shawn, Cassie and Heather
(AJ), his brother Tyrone (Jackie), 20 great grandchildren and six nieces and nephews
and their families. He was predeceased by his son Don, grandson Jason, sisters Blanche
Parrish, Olga Santa Cruz and first wife Margie.
Also left to mourn is Randi's family in Norway: Her brother Tor (Ester),
and their daughters Tonje (Sveinung) and Elin (Jostein) and their children,
and many relatives and friends he met during his frequent trips to Norway.
Donations may be made to The National WWII Museum, 945 Magazine
Street, New Orleans, LA 70130 or Sons of Norway Foundation. 1455 West
Lake Street. Minneapolis, MN 55408. View the online memorial for Harold CJ Cruze