Israel Gonzalez, Westin Times Square

Hotel Voice, Spring 2022

Our Union is sad to announce the passing of Israel Gonzalez, who was a Potwasher at the Westin Times Square for over ten years. He was an active Union member and loved by family, friends and coworkers.

Israel’s wife Kara Lynn, whom he shared 35 years with, described him as hardworking and a “tinkerer” who had many hobbies. Israel liked to build computers, sing out loud, and play the congas. Kara Lynn mentioned that they were both homebodies and loved to watch movies and play video games together.

Patrick Cayer, Israel’s close friend at the Westin Times Square shared that, “I am truly going to miss Israel. He was loud and wouldn't let you forget it. But honestly, he was a caring person. He would remember what was happening in your life and with your family and go out of his way to see how you were doing or if you needed anything. It is an honor to call Israel my friend.”

Israel will be missed by his wife Kara Lynn, friends, family, and his beloved dog Chica.