Marlborough – Erick Valiente Cruz, 33, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018.
He was born in Guatemala City, the son of Marco and Maritza (Cruz) Valiente of Marlborough, and moved to Marlborough when he was 12, living most of his life there. He also lived a short time in Seattle.
He graduated from Assabet Valley Regional Vocational High School in 2003. He proudly served as a member of the MOS 0311 Infantry of United States Marine Corps, where he served in Iraq and received a Purple Heart for his courageous actions.
Erick’s contagious smile, vibrant personality and heart of gold will be missed dearly.
Besides his parents, Erick is survived by his daughter, Fenway Valiente Cruz; his sister, Yesenia Heath of Washington; his brother, Oscar Valiente of Marlborough; his girlfriend, Christina Lepore of Marlborough; and many other family members and friends.
Visiting hours will be held Friday, Feb. 23, from 5-8 p.m., at William R. Short & Son Funeral Home, 95 W. Main St., Marlborough. A funeral service will take place at 8 p.m. Burial is scheduled for a later date. A memorial celebration will take place following the service at 8:30 p.m. at the Moose Lodge, 67 Fitchburg St., Marlborough.