Joe Cruz Gonzales Sr.

Joe Gonzales Sr.

Joe Cruz Gonzales Sr. was born on August 5, 1952 in Bay City, Texas. He passed away on June 12, 2017 in Clear Lake, Texas.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Mr. Pedro Gonzales and Mrs. Josephina Pena; brothers, Victor and Theodora Gonzales and sister, Delmira Rodriguez.

Joe Sr. is survived by his daughter Norma "Linda" Enriquez and husband Mario Enriquez of Bacliff, Texas; son, Joe Cruz Gonzales Jr and fiancé, Gemell Hawkins of Bacliff; daughter, Trisha Denise Gonzales of Seymour, Indiana; three grandsons, Arturo and Ricky Perez and Angel Enriquez of Bacliff, Texas; 5 granddaughters, Racquel Chavez and husband Zuriel Chavez of Bacliff, Texas, Monica Gonzales, Laila and Chasity Cain and Sarah Sage of Seymour, Indiana; 4 great-granddaughters Mariah , Jazlyne  and Nevaeh  Chavez of Bacliff, Texas and Lora Lei of Indiana. Joe also leaves behind his sister, Margaret Porras and husband Conrad of Dickinson, Texas and brothers, Frank Gonzales of Bacliff, Texas and Peter Gonzales and wife Shalia of Bacliff Texas, as well as many nieces and nephews and friends.

Mr. Gonzales was a longtime resident of Bacliff, Texas and loved by many. Joe was an amazing and humble man, a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. He was faithful to his family and all those who had come to know him in his journey thru life. Joe was born in Bay City, Texas on August 5, 1952 to the late Mr. Pedro Gonzales and Mrs. Josephina Pena. He was the third of seven siblings, three who had gone before him, brothers Victor and Theodora Gonzales and sister Mrs. Delmira Rodriguez.

Joe worked out of Galveston Bay and the Gulf of Mexico as a commercial fisherman for over 50 years to provide for his loving family. (Proverbs 20-7…The Righteous Man walks in his integrity; his children are Blessed after him). He loved being in and around the water, and loved every opportunity he could find to go on fishing trips, rather it be to catch fish or just to sit and talk alongside the shoreline sipping coffee because the fish just weren't biting that day. Joe was a simple man, who had a heart of gold, didn't ask for much but gave his all. He enjoyed cooking, especially during the holidays, where he would love to see his family and friends gather around, talk, laugh and having a good time over the Feast he had prepared for everyone and quite often he would join in and share his own childhood memories and family traditions. There wasn't anything Joe wouldn't do or give to anyone in need of help, rather it be a hand to hold, an ear to listen, a warm hug or a companion for a long trip.

Joe was also known for his generosity, he didn't have much, but the little he did have, he was more than willing to share. (John15-13 Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for a friend) He'd often reach into his cupboard to offer what he could to feed someone, or reach into his pocket to give the only few dollars he had left because that's the kind of faithful person he was, one so loving and nurturing, warm and tender, anyone could always count on him ( Proverbs 22:9 The generous will themselves be Blessed, for they share their food with the poor ). No was Not a Word in his vocabulary, especially to his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and of course his children. They were his world and not a day went by that he didn't show nor tell them just how much he loved them and how proud his was of them all. His priority in life was to make sure that they were safe and loved and appreciated. He often would sit outside with them just to watch them play and even built them a little playhouse in the backyard out of old leftover wood with his wrinkled little hands just so they could have fun. He had many nieces and nephews that he so dearly loved as well and loved to tickle, joke and play tricks on them. He was just so full of life and lived day by day to the fullest, he took nothing for granted, and lived everyday as if it was his last ( Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry for tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself, each day has enough troubles of its own ).

He has taught and shown how to love and give without any expectations but only in the joy and fullness of giving. Throughout his earthly lifetime, Joe has conquered many battles and has stayed strong thru them all, with a smile on his face, a love so genuine in his heart and eye to look on the bright side of it all ( Joshua 1:9 Be Strong and Courageous, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go ) And after many years of health problems, our Lord and Savior has called him home to be with him in his Kingdom of Heaven . God knew that his purpose here had been completed and it was time for him to rest in his loving arms on June 12, 2017.