Julio Marques

Julio Marques of Marion passed on Saturday October 5th surrounded by family after a brief, yet courageous fight with cancer and complications from a stroke.

            Born in Sao Miguel to Joao and Maria (Tavares) Marques, Julio leaves his loving wife Diane; son and daughter-in-law Julien and Kim Marques; son and daughter-in-law Justin and Krissy Marques; and grandchildren Abigail, Graham, and Logan. Julio will be greatly missed by his mother-in-law Norma Cabral, brother and sister-in-law John and Ana Marques, and the countless others who his life touched over the years.

            Julio came to the United States in 1972. He earned his GED and real estate license while working multiple jobs to support his young family in his new country. His career took him into manufacturing and quality assurance, first at Borg Warner/New Bedford Gear, and then to Arch Gear in Wareham, and finally at Autopart International.

            Julio enjoyed cooking, the ocean, cars and much more. But his true love was his family. Though he and Diane were married for more than 40 years, they would still take frequent walks on the beach near their home, hand-in-hand. Any family gathering would find him chatting with his two sons about anything and everything from the newest Panera sandwich to new developments around town. It was with his grandkids, though, that you would see Julio at his happiest. Julio’s smile was never larger than it was when he was playing with Abigail, Graham and Logan.

            The family would like to extend their gratitude to the women and men of the Surgical Intensive Care Unit at St. Luke’s Hospital for the compassion and care they exhibited for Julio and his family.

            In lieu of flowers, and keeping with Julio’s wishes, donations can be made to St. Jude’s Research Hospital. Private arrangements are with the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Rd., Rt. 6, Mattapoisett. For online guestbook, visit www.saundersdwyer.com.

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