April 12, 1956 – August 9, 2019
Héctor Cruz-López a.k.a. Ché López, passed away on Friday, August 9, 2019 at age 63 from cancer. He was the loving husband of Noel A. Cruz, father of Diego Sebastian and Ricardo Cristobal, and grandfather of Noah, Helene, Gabriella, and Amelia. Héctor was proudly born in Hato Rey, Puerto Rico to his father Héctor José Cruz-Rivera of Carolina, P.R. and Josefina López Guzmán (now Josefina Silveira) of Caguas, P.R. He had one brother, Jaime. After graduating from high-school from Colegio Bautista de Carolina in P.R., studied Opera and Music Composition at the Conservatory of Music of Puerto Rico; he earned a B.S. in Biology at the University of Puerto Rico, M.S. in Biochemistry at the University of the State of New York and a PhD in Oceanography at the University of South Florida.
For most of his professional career 33 years he worked for state law enforcement as a marine and forensic biologist in the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. His passion for ecology in recent years has been eclipsed by love for the sea itself. He was called "The Most Interesting Man in the World" for his diverse hemispheres of poetry, music, high-speed racing and sword-dueling, among dozens of other interests and skills. He reached Olympic-tier status in fencing, but after an injury turned his talents to coaching, founding the Boca Blades and Trident-Armes fencing clubs in Boca Raton, Florida, continuing to attend tournaments nationally as a referee and armourer. Following the discovery of his illness, he published ten poetry and short story collections in the time between diagnosis and death.
He loved the absurd and the romantic alike, but above all, God and country (Puerto Rico, just to be clear) and his family and friends, and he will be greatly missed.
Hector Cruz-Lopez Che Lopez
Passed away 8/9/19.
We will be having a “Celebration of Life” Thursday 8/22/19 7:00pm to 8:00pm afterwards light refreshments and time to be together in the Family Life Center
Boca Glades Baptist Church 10101 Judge Winikoff Rd, Boca Raton, Fl 33496
We would appreciate you sharing a story about Hector. Please write it on a paper/card and bring to place in a basket at the church. We will read and cherish them.
If you cannot come that is okay. Hector and our family love you and appreciate your sharing in our lives. Thank you!
Noel, Diego, Helene 5 yrs; Ricardo & Heather, Noah 5 yrs.
No services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.
August 21, 2019
Dear Noel, Diego and family,
I've waited to post this because my heart is broken. Hector was a dearly loved brother in Christ. He was so fabulously special. Our time together at the Becoming an Outdoors-Woman Workshops and in the office are cherished memories. May God comfort, bless and keep you.
August 12, 2019
My heart is broken to hear of Hector's passing, he was a remarkable person, and a truly unique individual. To know Hector was to know a kind, loving and very intelligent soul. This was a far better world with him in it. He is loved and missed.
August 12, 2019
To Noel and family of Hector Cruz Lopez
I have learned so much from Hector, kindness, patience and friendship. While volunteering with Hector on Becoming an Outdoors Woman Program was truly lots of good memories I will carry with me.
He will be missed by lots of people that he has touched with meeting him. Always smiling and being there when you needed him.
May God comfort you and your family,