A memorial service with drumming in Julio's honor will be held out-of-doors in Teaneck on Sunday the 14th. Arrive 715 Hartwell Street, Teaneck, New Jersey, as early as noon. The service will begin outside at one p.m. Wear light colors if you can, and bring jackets and sweaters for the cool fall weather.Also bring items of significance and remembrance to place on the altars. Call Hannah 917-843-9976 or Sydelle 917-922-9534 with questions.Directions: Take 167 bus from Port Authority to Teaneck and get off at Lindbergh and Teaneck Road, the Holy Name Hospital stop. Send any photos you might have for our slide show to Juan Enrique at Jnaudioengineer@gmail.com. Thank you for all your kind thoughts.
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.