Julio Gomez, Jr., the son of the late Julio Gomez and Helen Gomez, was born in Harlem, New York on December 10, 1957. He was raised and attended school in Harlem, New York, Brooklyn, New York and finally in Patterson, New Jersey.
Julio, or commonly known as "Jay" by co-workers and friends was a truck driver for 40 years. Julio and Daphane met while growing up in the same neighborhood in Brooklyn, New York. They started dating in 1974 and got married on August 4, 1984. They have spent 44 years lovingly supporting each other through life's circumstances. Julio was a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church in Brooklyn, New York until he and Daphane relocated to Virginia and became members of Ebenezer Baptist Church.
Julio loved Classic R&B, NY Yankees, the Giants and the theater. Most of all he loved going to Vermont where he started going as a young child through The Fresh Air Fund. Those relationships lasted throughout his life and held a special place in his heart. He was proud to be called "Dad" by his sons and "Pop Pop" by his grandchildren.
Julio leaves to mourn his loss and to cherish his memory, his loving wife Daphane, his sons Jason Gomez and Denzel Gomez; one daughter-in-law Tanya Gomez; five grandchildren (Ronald, Dakwon, KyJuan, Kymani and Tatianna); three brothers Harry Currelley, Calvin Gomez and Charles Gomez; two sisters Sylvina Gomez and Caroline Gomez; one uncle (Edward Currelley); two aunts (Lorraine Currelley and Janice Nahshal); one sister-in-law (Shirley Ann Smith) and a host of nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.
God saw you were getting tired
And a cure was not to be,
So he put his arms around you
And whispered, "Come to me."
With tearful eyes we watched you,
And saw you pass away.
Although we loved you dearly,
We could not make you stay.
A golden heart stopped beating,
Hard working hands at rest.
God broke our hearts to prove to us,
He will lead his children to rest in him
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