Julio Fernandez ’40 was born in Panama and immigrated to the United States with his parents and siblings in 1929, settling in San Jose. He attended St. Joseph’s Grammar School and graduated from Bellarmine College Preparatory in 1936. After attending Santa Clara University, he enlisted in the Army during World War II and proudly served until the end of the war. In 1950 he married the love of his life, Dorothy Teresi, making their home in Santa Clara. They enjoyed an enduring love for one another lasting 66 years. Julio drove for Greyhound Bus Lines for 35 years. He was also a sacristan for 15 years at Mission Santa Clara. After retirement, he enjoyed traveling with his wife and spending time with family and friends. He had an incredible sense of humor, bringing smiles to the faces of all who knew him. He was an enthusiastic stamp collector and a man with encyclopedic knowledge—there was never a question he could not answer for his children! He was a rabid Notre Dame football fan since the 1930s. Julio was loyal to his family, a man of faith, and the epitome of the Bellarmine motto “A man for others.” He entered into heaven at the age of 100 on Sept. 20, 2017, surrounded by his beloved wife, Dorothy, and his four children: Stephen Fernandez, Therese Haubenstein (Mark), David Fernandez (Rosemary), and Elizabeth Aurelio (Dave); four of his surviving siblings: Margarita, Victor, Helena, and Michael; and grandchildren David Jr. (Jessica), Juliana (Nader), Nicholas (Hayley), Anthony, and Angelina. He was looking forward to the blessings of his first two great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his granddaughter, Natalie Aurelio, and five siblings. A special thanks to caregivers Manny, Joel, and Edward and to the nurses from Vitas Hospice.

08 Nov 2018