Wilbur F. Julius of Florida, formerly of Montclair, died of complications of COVID-19 and pneumonia on March 1, 2021. He was 84.
Mr. Julius was born to Wilbur H. Julius and Fannie K. Merritt Julius in Montclair. He graduated from Montclair High School, where he played football, in 1956 and immediately enlisted in the U.S. Navy.
After serving over 22 years in the Navy, he worked at Sikorsky Aircraft in Connecticut for 20 years. His community service in New England included the early days of the Special Olympics organization with Yale University and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver family.
His daughter, Francine Julius Edwards, said Mr. Julius loved Montclair and had lots of family and friends there. He attended Union Baptist Church as a child and had the nickname “Baggy,” she said.
He retired to Ocala, Marion County, Florida, where he continued to work with Special Olympics for many years. He encouraged young people to excel through his work as a track official with the Amateur Athletic Union throughout Florida as well as nationally.
Mr. Julius joined Mt. Moriah Missionary Baptist Church early in his retirement in Marion County and served as a trustee and choir member, and worked on numerous committees.
He also participated in numerous military organizations within the community, including American Legion Post 284 and VFW Brady Owens Post 7193, and served as president of the Marion County Veterans Council, and Color Guard.
Mr. Julius is survived by his loving wife, Vernita Julius; daughter, Francine Julius Edwards; son, Russell A. Julius (Debra); grandchildren, Niyah and Isaac Julius Edwards and Bianca Julius; great-grandchild, Aiyanna Putrim; brother, Arthur White (Sylvia); cousins, Cheryl Miller and Corey Philson; godchildren, Brian White and Wanda Walker, as well as a host of extended relatives and friends.
Services, arranged by Clark Funeral Home in Ocala, Florida, were March 12.