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Refugio DeLa Cruz

1945 - 2018 Obituary Condolences
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Refugio DeLa Cruz

Frazier Park, CA

It is with heavy hearts and great sorrow that we announce the passing of our beloved father, grandpa, great-grandpa and brother at the age of 73. Refugio DeLa Cruz, also known as Jack, Cooney & Cuco was called home on Sunday, October 21, 2018 as a result of a massive stroke and passed away peacefully with family by his side.

Cooney was born in Tijuana, Mexico on March 30, 1945. He was the third of nine children born to Rufino and Theresa De La Cruz. In 1948, at the age of 3, the family moved to Ventura County where he lived most of his life. He graduated from Oxnard High School in 1963 and married his high school sweetheart, MaryAnn in 1964.

He was employed by GTE/Verizon for over 40 years and was an active member of his union, the CWA and served on his local 9575's executive board. His compassionate giving heart made him eager to help others. He was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, the United Way, a volunteer with the Boys Club of Oxnard where he was the adult advisor of their drum corp and was President of the Board of Directors of the Girls Club of Oxnard. He hosted many family BBQ's and Christmas Eve celebrations, where he would dress up as Santa Claus and pass out gifts to family and friends. He lived his last years in Frazier Park where he served as a volunteer forest ranger & enjoyed the calm, serene atmosphere of "His Mountain".

Cooney is preceded in death by his parents, and 2nd wife Sue. He Is survived by his first wife, MaryAnn, his 4 children Christopher (Stephanie), Paul (Jenny), Kathy Clark (Dicky) and Tommy, and step daughter Leah Gillaspy (Jim), 16 grandchildren, 3 great-grandsons, 5 brothers and 3 sisters.

A memorial service will take place on Friday, November 9, 2018 at 10:00am at the Church of Jesus Christ Latter Day Saints, 1150 Gary Drive, Oxnard.
Published in Ventura County Star on Nov. 8, 2018
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