Julius Neri Carrasco died on March 15, 2012, at Duke University Hospital in Durham, NC, at the age of 67.
An accomplished professional classical and flamenco guitarist, Julius learned music at a very young age and forged a career that allowed him to play across the U.S. and overseas. In his later years, he focused on playing in the Triangle, performing regularly for weddings, restaurants, festivals, schools and retirement communities, alone or with his groups, Latin Sounds and Los Tres Caballeros. He was an extremely dedicated, lifelong learner whose other career paths included working at UNC Hospital and Lenoir Memorial Hospital as a respiratory therapist. In his spare time, he loved spending time at the beach, traveling to new places and reading non-fiction.
Besides music, Julius’s great love was for his family. He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Leonor C. Carrasco; son, Stephen Carrasco; and two daughters, Judy Carrasco and Kristina Hill; son-in-law Alton Hill and granddaughter Leana Nicole Hill.
A Funeral Mass will be offered at 3:15 PM Wednesday, March 21, 2012 from St. Thomas More Catholic Church, 940 Carmichael Street, Chapel Hill, NC 27514, with Fr. Scott McCue, presiding.
The family will receive friends from 6:00–8:00 PM on Tuesday, March 20, 2012 at Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, 1113 West Main Street, Durham, NC 27701.
In lieu of flowers, contributions in Julius’s name may be made to the Durham Arts Council at 120 Morris Street, Durham, NC 27701. Condolences to the family may be expressed at www.juliuscarrasco.com.
The Carrasco family is under the care of Hall-Wynne Funeral Service, Durham. Online memorials: www.hallwynne.com. Select obituaries.