Spanning Three Centuries of Service

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Julius C. Escobedo

Julius C. Escobedo

Julius Escobedo was born on January 28th, 1919 in Ybor City, Tampa, Florida to Cuban immigrant
parents Antonio Escobedo and Ingracia Arencibia. He was the fourth of five children, all of whom
predeceased him.
Julius was orphaned at a young age and was raised by the Mary Help of Christians Orphanage in
Tampa, ran by the Salesian Order of Don Bosco. He always spoke lovingly of his experiences there.
As a teenager, he headed north to Newton, New Jersey to seminary school, which he did not
pursue. The Salesians in New Rochelle offered him a job as a handyman and chauffeur. He drove the
priests to St. Joseph’s Church for an evening novena and it was there that he met the beautiful Yolanda,
who was later to become his wife. They were married in April 1942 in the same church where they
first met. One month later, he was inducted into the Army/Air Force and served in the European
Theatre during WWII. He, like many of his great generation, did not see his wife for three and a half
years.
While in service, he bought a rosary and promised to pray it every day of his life if God would
bring him home safe. He was never without his beads. On any nice afternoon you would find him in a
lawn chair, cold beer in one hand, rosary in another, listening to classical music.
He started his own successful television repair business, which he ran for over 65 years.
Julius was deeply devoted to his faith and his family. He was always willing to help anyone in
need. It is impossible to know how many he touched with his kindness and generosity. He was humble
and never spoke of his good acts. He was a doer and a servant of God, here on this earth. The
orphanage, along with the brothers and priests, led him on this path from which he never wavered.
His wife Yolanda predeceased him in 2010. They had seven children. His son Thomas
predeceased him in 1981. His surviving children, Claudia Russo, Gregory Escobedo, David Escobedo,
Maureen Herrera, Grayce Fraioli, and Mary Beth Fraioli, will miss him all the days of their lives, as
will his loving sons-in-law and daughter-in-law. He is survived by twelve grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren.
Two grandchildren, Justin and Jared, predeceased him, along with his loving son-inlaw,
Albert Herrera. Visitation is on Thursday from 2-4 & 7-9pm at Lloyd Maxcy & Sons Beauchamp Chapel, Inc., 16 Shea Place, New Rochelle. Mass is on Friday 10am at Holy Name Church. Interment will follow at Beechwoods Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, you can make a donation in honor of Julius to:
Mary Help of Christians Center
6400 East Chelsea St.
Tampa, FL 33610

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