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Obituary- Silvano Daniel Cruz

Silvano Daniel Cruz 3-28-1979 ~ 6-7-2014 Silvano Daniel Cruz came into this world like the rapid waters of a fast-flowing river and left this world like a quiet feather falling from the sky. He was born on March 28, 1979 to Kenneth James Cruz and Dianne Donna Noga Cruz in Boulder, CO and entered into rest unexpectedly on June 7, 2014 at the age of 35 in Walsenburg. Known to many family and friends as ‘aka Silver C’, Nino, Uncle Nano, and his spiritual name, El Centro del Corazon, his young life was spent growing up in Boulder, Gardner, Alamosa, Denver, and Walsenburg. Silvano spent his young adult life working as a laborer with hazardous waste. His job was to characterize and package radiological and chemical waste, including asbestos, spending many hours in full respiratory and Haz-Mat gear. He worked in numerous demolition and hazardous waste projects at the Rocky Flats nuclear plant. Silvano was also a steward for the Union. As a traumatic brain injury survivor, Silvano spent the last 10 years of his life defying the laws of gravity, mortality, and the impossible. Silvano was known for his ‘big heart’ and his willingness to give to others. His sense of humor, along with his disabilities, made him appreciate life as it was and as what it had become. About his shortcomings, he always said, “It is what it is.” Silver C will forever live in the many memories his family and friends have of him. Silvano loved the outdoors and had a curiosity for what made up the universe. Silvano leaves behind his most precious, loving gift to this world, his daughter, Soliel Love Cruz. He is also survived by his sister, Nataline Cruz (Alan Ruiz), and brother Kenneth of Denver; nephews Casiano and Massimo Cruz; parents Kenneth Cruz of Denver and Donna Noga of Walsenburg; godparents Jeff and Pam Vigil of Denver; Confirmation sponsor Mary Lou Abila; grandparents Dan and Josephine Cruz; and numerous friends known as the Naughty Boyz; as well as many aunts, uncles, cousins, family, and friends who made up Silver C’s life. Services were held at St. Mary Catholic Church on June 14th. A spiritual Native American Ceremony and reception was held to celebrate his life at the Walsenburg Community Center.