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Oldest Living Bellarmine Graduate Passes Away

Julio Fernandez (front center) at Bellarmine College Prep to receive a Bellarmine alumnus t-shirt in celebration of the school’s Founders Day, May 2017. Pictured with him are his wife, Dorothy, (from left) nephew Joe Teresi; son David Fernandez; brother Michael Fernandez; and Father Jerry Wade, S.J., chancellor.

Julio A. Fernandez
May 9, 1917 – September 20, 2017

Julio Fernandez entered into Heaven at the age of 100 on September 20 surrounded by his beloved wife, Dorothy, and his four children.

Julio was born in Panama and emigrated to the U. S. with his parents and siblings in 1929, settling in San Jose. He attended Saint 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 served until the end of the war. In 1950 he married 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, 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 thirties. Julio was loyal to his family, a man of faith, and the epitome of the Bellarmine motto “A Man for Others.”

Julio is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and their four children: Dr. Stephen Fernandez, Therese Haubenstein (Mark), David Fernandez (Rosemary), 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 grand-daughter Natalie Aurelio and five siblings.

A special thanks to caregivers Manny, Joel, and Edward and to the nurses from Vitas Hospice.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to your favorite charity in memory of Julio A. Fernandez.