Israel Cruz, Age :66

Nov 27,1952---Oct 04,2019

Israel Cruz, age 66, passed away at his residence in Santa Fe, NM on October 4, 2019.  He was born on November 27, 1952 at Flower Fifth Avenue Hospital in New York City which he was proud to announce to everyone.  He is survived by his husband Victor Teng of Santa Fe, his family and many close friends.  At Israel’s request cremation has taken place and no services nor memorials will be held for him.  In lieu of flowers, Israel requested donations be made to the following charities, Southern Poverty Law Center, Doctors Without Borders, The Human Rights Campaign and the American Cancer Society in memory of his extraordinary life.

Arrangements entrusted to the caring professionals of:


3232 Cerrillos Rd.



Ivan Oct 10 ,2019

Friend ,Boston ,Massachusetts

Israel lives his footprint in my life, I became a better person after I meet him and I am always grateful with his teachings and unconditional friendship. Victor sending love to you and family now more than ever. Love Ivan



Israel , you will be always on our minds. We will remember your open smile. Stay in peace.

Stephanie Maxwell Oct 10 ,2019

friend ,Austin ,Texas

Victor, I am so very, very sorry to hear of Isreal's passing. I feel fortunate to have known you both and to spend the time we did in Hawaii and learn more of his friendship with my dad. Please take care of yourself as best you can, and know Isreal touched everyone he met with his amazing spirit.

tom irizarry Oct 10 ,2019

Dear Victor and Mr and Mrs Cruz, I am so sorry to hear about Israel's passing. He will be remembered in my prayers and a mass I will have said at Saint Francsis of Assisi parish in NYC. My deepest sympathies, Tom Irizarry

Robin Sackin Oct 10 ,2019

Colleague ,New York ,New York

I am so sorry to hear about the passing of Israel. I will always remember Israel with a smile. Robin Sackin/FBM Department/FIT

Andrea Adkins Miller Oct 10 ,2019

co-worker ,New York ,New York

I cannot express my sadness for my colleague and friend Israel. I have known him from the time I met him when I started at FIT 38 years ago, and he would always make me laugh when I had a rough day and great words of inspiration...this hit me hard....I definitely need time to reflect. He will be sorely missed.....Angels look out, you have a great disciple.

Mary Jo Metzger Oct 10 ,2019

Friend ,Santa Fe ,New Mexico

Israel was such a beautiful, wonderful and caring person who touched the lives of so many. I so enjoyed our friendship. He always brought a simile to my face In the gym. He will be truly missed.

Jo Ann Goldblatt Oct 10 ,2019

Friend ,Saratoga Springs ,New York

You will always be alive in our hearts and memories. You will be missed,

Carmen M Rodriguez Oct 11 ,2019

Dear Victor. It is with sadness that we read the obituary of our dear friend Israel. He will be missed immensely. Israel was a great person,friend, and we loved his intelligence and smile. Loved hearing him talk about your travels, Movie&Film, New York and politics. Rest In Peace Israel, our sweet and kind brother in spirit. Love you bunches. Chuck and Carmen

Francisco T Bezerra Oct 11 ,2019

Friend ,Rio de Janeiro

Dear Izrael We never forget you! Just wait we all will be together again! Be in peace! Chico

Prof Raj Vangapaty Oct 14 ,2019

Employees of FIT ,New York ,New York

I am sorry know the sad news of Israel Cruz. I pray lord to give Israel Cruz's family strength to go through this difficult time. Best, Prof Raj

América Gracia Pérez Oct 15 ,2019

friend ,Cerceda, Madrid, Spain

I feel proud of having been part of Israel's life and felt very close to him. I'll remember him all my life. He was a very special person. Thank you Israel.

Madelyn Colon Oct 15 ,2019

Friend ,Farmington ,Connecticut

My friend Israel was a “take no prisoners” kind of guy. In everything. Politics certainly. His view of the world was shaped by his deep knowledge of history. A conversation over the news or political events would be interupted if the person participating offered up an incorrect date or a flimsy interpretation.  I was reminded (in the unique Israel way) more than once to know the history before I started the political bluster. I first met Israel as a freshman at Wesleyan and we began our journey of friendship over cigarettes and coffee for the next 40 years. I followed and visited him through his moves in NYC, like a stray cat, from Brooklyn to Staten Island to Battery Park. He was so wonderful to me. Time spent with Israel was suspended by its sheer intensity. Another “take no prisoners” area was certainly in everything arts. Music, film, books, painting, film directing... if Israel believed an artist or genre was worthwhile he exposed you to it whether or not you were convinced. Listening to Singin’ in the Rain at midnight was not always popular but part of your arts education. Exploring NYC with Israel was a guaranteed adventure. He was disciplined about this. When hanging out with him you were expected to be on time , dressed for any possible inclement weather and focused on how to maneuver walking endless city blocks with the proper shoes. I experienced more than one Israel “tirade” by usually never paying attention to any of this. I was so proud to share my Puerto Rican heritage with Israel. We laughed over the subtleties behind the idioms and devoured the food and the music. We talked about our possible blood ties in the town of Sabana Grande ( he insisted there was a very slim chance we were related) and we mused about the peculiarities of the tios and the tias and the primos. And especially the mothers... I am so grateful my children and husband Bob shared time with Israel. We even vacationed together in Germany when my sister was stationed in the army there. Dim sum in Chinatown, Victors studio, my wedding, (he “directed” the music for my wedding) , weekends in Connecticut over disastrous Gourmet Magazine duck dinners...Victor and Israel became part of my family. Perhaps Israel’s most profound  “take no prisoners” way was in the way of love. He loved you fiercely or not at all. Goodnight my friend Tu amiga, Madelyn

Robert & Cathleen Suspanic Oct 15 ,2019

Friend ,Santa Fe ,New Mexico

We are sorrowful at the passing of such a wonderful, kind and generous person. We will miss him greatly. May our good memories of him sustain us in this time of deep sadness and loss.

Paul Boer Oct 17 ,2019

Friend ,The Netherlands

Dear Israel, We met in Turkey in 1992.... and became friends. I am so grateful for the connection, the art lessons, the stays in NYC, for meeting someone with such intense energy, strong opinions, interest in others and sense of humour, for wandering with you and Victor through Paris, that you outwitted me by far on European history and any political discussion, for your movie enthusiasm, that we had you more than once over in Holland...and for many many more...... we love you and Victor. Take care dear friend. We will meet again. Thank you for enriching my life. Paul & Monique