The Life of Julio Cesar Acevedo

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Julio Cesar Acevedo, 68, of Upper Darby, PA, died Thursday, April 29, 2021 peacefully at home surrounded by family. Born in Aguada, Puerto Rico, he was raised in Chicago and was a graduate of Holy Trinity High School class of '72 and attended Washburne Trade School. He spent 17 years as a valued member of the recreational therapy staff at the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago. A resident of Upper Darby for 28 years, Julio was a member of Old First Reformed United Church of Christ in Olde City Philadelphia. Julio was a master carpenter and woodworker, and was highly skilled in plumbing, electrical work, and as a mechanic. He enjoyed classic cars, aviation, the blues & jazz, and was a classic movie buff. Julio was a perpetual student of history, political science, and architecture. Along with his family, he traveled extensively to New England, the Carolinas, and his native home of Puerto Rico. Internationally, he especially enjoyed trips to Australia, Spain, Perú, Argentina, and Brazil. Julio will be remembered by all as an artistic storyteller and irreplaceable friend. He will be remembered by his family as a wonderful brother, dedicated father, and loving husband.


Survivors: Wife of 35 years, Jane (née Styer); son, Miguel Acevedo; brothers, Saul Antonio Acevedo (Alicia) and Eli Norberto Acevedo; sisters, Natividad Acevedo and Mildred Socorro Rivera (Norbert); and many nieces, nephews, grand-nieces & nephews.

Visitation: 4-6pm (EST) Sunday, May 2, 2021 at the Toppitzer Funeral Home. Arlington Cemetery, 2900 State Rd. Drexel Hill PA.

Service: 10:30am (EST) Monday, May 3, 2021 at the Toppitzer Funeral Home.

Contributions: In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made in his memory to the Outreach Program of Old First Reformed United Church of Christ, 151 N. 4th Street Philadelphia, PA 19106.

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I will always remember Julio's zeal in the kitchen. He whipped up a delicious meal when I visited. Happy to share his spices but not really using a recipe. It all came naturally for him. To this day I still use his special spices!  I'm glad our husband's got to meet eventually. They both love woodwork and shared about this. 
a man of many talents. I pray that all of the wonderful memories you have will bring you light and love as you navigate these challenging days. Peace & love to the entire Acevedo Family. 
Suzanne Bombria 

Posted by Suzanne B on 05/01/2021

cherished conversations

I remember many evenings spent in great conversation with Julio and Jane, sharing a beer or glass of wine. The conversations were extraordinary in their breadth and depth. Julio had a fantastic way of discussing topics and sharing views in a very non-judgemental way.

My heart is saddened by this news and will continue to cherish those memories, while keeping Jane, Miguel and the rest of his family close to my heart and in my prayers

Posted by Todd N on 05/01/2021

Julio, one of the great one's!

I will always remember all the times Julio was at our house, even after him and my dad would be at the diner for hour's.  All the laughs him and my dad had (well we all would), whether it was impersonating movies...especially Goodfellas,  teaching Spanish to us, just great times. You all being there for Christmas Eve, BBQ's at my Aunt Nell & Uncle Butch's, all the parties! You all are like family to us. I know in my heart, the reunion in heaven with him and my dad (his gringo) is one big happy party! Jane & Miguel, and the entire Acevedo family & friends,  I hope all the awesome memories of Julio help you get through the sadness and heartache,  and keep smiles on your faces...even through the tears. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.  Sending so much love to you all 😇❤🙏


Nicole, Tom  & Emma Rowdon 

Posted by Nicole R on 05/02/2021

Living Life

So many memories...walking the streets in foreign countries, being your sous chef preparing Easter dinner for my family, walking the streets and mountains in Salt Lake City, long political conversations, sharing our histories. I will remember and miss them all.

Posted by Lezlie A on 05/02/2021

Good person

Very soft spoken and kind.Met his family in church. He repaired my dining room table and was like a pastor listening to me , not in a hurry to leave. Left me feeling repaired.

Posted by Jacqulin W on 05/02/2021

So sorry for your loss!

I remember Julio so many years ago when we all were at Children's (Heart) Rehab hospital.  He was always willing to lend a hand when we needed something built for one of our kids that we were working with.  He often joined us for gatherings after work when we all shared a joint love and passion for the children that we worked with.  So many fond memories.  I know what a dedicated husband and father he was, called "home" too soon.  Wishing all of the family love and strength in the coming days. 

Colleen Carey

Posted by Colleen C on 05/03/2021

Warmth & caring

I remember his warm smile & generous heart.  He loved to cook up fancy meals and easily modified dishes to meet the any dietary needs or requests for other.  He was so easy to talk with & always had enjoyable stories to share.  Praying the wonderful memories will carry you and provide peace not only in the immediate, but anytime you remember him.  Prayers and love to Jane, Miguel and the whole family.  Kim Westhoff

Posted by kim w on 05/03/2021