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“When we lose someone we love, we must learn not to live without them, but to live with the love they left behind.” I don’t know who wrote this, but I couldn’t agree more. On the evening of Monday, May 11, 2020, Julio Acosta, 94, of Bergenfield, New Jersey passed away leaving behind his legacy of love after a simple, yet simply beautiful life.
His life began on April 12, 1926 in Havana, Cuba and later took him on a journey to the United States when he and his family immigrated in 1969. Julio was a hero; a great and selfless man. Although he suffered through many obstacles, you’d never know in speaking with him that life was anything but perfect. He truly saw the good in everyone and the silver lining in every situation. The only thing he was known to dislike was the beach. Yet, in his true spirit, he vacationed there every summer for many years for the enjoyment of his wife, children and grandchildren. Julio enjoyed helping. He lived a life of service to those he loved. He also enjoyed cooking, couponing, supermarket hopping, mathematics and most of all gathering with his family over a fresh pot of espresso; lovingly known as café. I can still picture him sitting at the kitchen table in his undershirt carving a large jamón with a cerveza beside it. He was Papá. He made friends everywhere he went. He would speak to everyone, yet he was a great listener (there aren’t many of those). He taught by example and led with his heart.
His memories will be held dear by his wife of 64 years, Mirta, their daughter Cristina Alvarez, son Julio T. Acosta, and son-in-law Luis Alvarez. His grandchildren, Arianna Bastidas and her husband Mark along with their daughters Charlotte & Olivia, Victoria Mazon and her husband Daniel along with their son Xavier, Alexandra Alvarez, Melissa Acosta and Eric Acosta will all do their best to lovingly carry on his beautiful story.
Julio will be laid to rest at Garden of Memories Mausoleum in Washington Township, Bergen County, New Jersey on May 13, 2020.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America or The American Heart Association.
He was a truly wonderful person and Godfather. I have so many fond memories of him and my Godmother and I will Cherish them always.
May he Rest In Peace and always be remembered as a great man.
Your Goddaughter Barbie
Barbie Del Corro May 15 2020 12:00 AM
Christy, I am so very sorry for your loss. He was one of a kind. Love from afar Barbie
Barbie Del Corro May 15 2020 12:00 AM
I remember walking home from kindergarten on my 6th Birthday holding your hand, being so happy to have a grandpa like you! I felt so loved and so safe in that moment. I can see the sun and the street and your facial expressions right now. I can see your strong hardworking hand holding my little one. I dont remember the conversation...but like so many memories I remember the love.
Arianna May 13 2020 12:00 AM
Papa' you're the most kind, understanding, nonjudgemental person I've ever known. Always so helpful. Gving everyone the benefit of the doubt. I'm so proud to be your daughter. You're my hero, my protector, always the mediator. Your sacrifices are not lost on us. I'll always treasure our "happy hour " in our so called backyard "Caribbean " . Vino y chorizo.... Salud! . Until we meet again. I love you always!
Cristy May 13 2020 12:00 AM
Pap, I cant even fathom a world in which I have to say goodbye to you, so I wont. Instead Im just going to say thank you...
Thank you for being the moral center and guiding light of this family; thank you for having sacrificed everything for us to have a better life; thank you for leading by example every day; thank you for teaching me how to do math on an invisible chalkboard in my head; thank you for teaching me how to crumble five crackers at once into my cafe con leche; thank you for making up a secret handshake with me; thank you for instilling a sense of curiosity in me for everything I do; thank you for the countless lessons, jokes, and laughs weve shared.
You always told me, Alexandra, tienes que pensar en y buscar lo bueno en todo. It hasnt always been easy but I promise I will try my best to live by those words.
To my Pap, my hero, my angel on earth, youre finally home. I can only hope you are sitting back, drinking una cerveza, looking down on us smiling and laughing. So Pap, que pase buenas noches y que duermas bien.
Alexandra May 12 2020 12:00 AM