It is with deep sadness and much love that the family of Jesus Sanfiz announce his passing at the age of 84. Jesus was a beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend to so many. After a brief illness, Jesus succumbed peacefully with his loving wife, Blanche, by his side.
Jesus is survived by his three sons, Robert, Miguel and Anthony; his three daughters-in-law Melissa, Janeth, and Tessa; and his nine grandchildren: Miguel, Julia, Christopher, Liam, Alexander, Thomas, Peter, Scarlett, and Anthony. He is also survived by his sisters Julia and Mercedes, his brothers-in-law, Arturo and Alan, and his brothers Manolo and Carlos and his sister-in-law Teresa. Jesus was preceded in death by his much-loved brother Gonzalo. He also leaves behind many nieces, nephews, and cousins that were all very dear to him.
Born in 1937 in Galicia, Spain, Jesus was the loving son of Saturia and Gonzalo. Jesus was a gifted athlete, artist and businessman, who had a deep love for nature and family. As a young man, he was a decorated pole-vaulter and track and field star. He served in the Spanish military and immigrated to the United States after falling in love and marrying his wife of 53 years Blanche Sanfiz. They established their home in Flushing, Queens where they raised their children. Jesus was known for his backyard garden, bonsai trees, and koi pond that was unique in the neighborhood. After retirement, they moved to Ulster County in upstate New York. Jesus continued his love of art and nature through his hobbies of fly-fishing, painting, hiking, gardening, and crafting bows of various types and historical designs. A passion project of Jesus, he enjoyed sharing his love of archery with his children, grandchildren and visitors.
The family wishes to send a special thank you to those who helped care for Jesus with great patience and compassion, especially Emily. A memorial service to celebrate the life of Jesus will be held at La Nacional - Spanish Benevolent Society on September 19th from 1-3pm.