Julio Cesar Perez died on Sunday, October 7, 2018, at 6:46 a.m. from cardiac arrest. He was 60. He is survived by his mother, Francisca Torres, his sister Mercedes Abreu, his daughter Hannah Teresa Perez-Postman, and countless other dear family and friends
Born in the Dominican Republic in 1957, he moved to New York when he was 10 and made lifelong friends who became family. He was totally blind from the age of 13 and his relationship with his disability shaped so much of his beautiful life journey. His sincerity and wonderful sense of humor brought joy to all who knew him.
In his gentle, wise, and compassionate way he moved people to question the assumptions made about "the other"--whether that other was defined by race, ability, gender, or differing viewpoint. He listened to all those who crossed paths with him with a full heart and a clear mind, making people feel seen and heard to depths that are rare.
His work for many years was as an adaptive technology specialist, supporting other blind people to live full, autonomous lives with their disabilities.
A lover of the earth and justice; a disciple of spirit and his ancestors; a mentor, brother, and friend to many. He is missed and will always be loved.
In lieu of flowers, please consider contributing in Julio's name to the National Federation for the Blind, the ACLU, or Planned Parenthood. There will also be a basket available at the memorial for in-person donations to R.E.A.L Teaneck, a local Latinx cultural organization where Julio was a contributing member.