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Of Potomac Falls, Virginia, passed away on November 20, 2012. Beloved husband of Irma VelÁsquez, he is survived by daughter Simone, Son Mauricio, Daughter Terri and Son Juan, and 11 grandchildren. Mr. VelÁsquez was born in 1930 near Bogota, Colombia. He was the son of Rafael VelÁsquez and Teresita Diaz VelÁsquez.
Antonio immigrated to the United States and proudly served his new country while in the Air Force. He graduated from Queens College in Queens, NY.
While in New York, Antonio met his wife Irma Rico. Antonio and Irma moved to Virginia in 1965 and started their family. Antonio went on to work as Senior Economist for Eastern Airlines and eventually finished his career as a public servant for 20 years for the US State Department's Agency for International Development. Mr. VelÁsquez oversaw hundreds of millions of dollars of AID projects in Central and South America.
Known for his unbelievable work ethic - Antonio was a private pilot, electrician, mechanic, plumber, and builder - one of Antonio's greatest accomplishments - he constructed a geodesic dome home at the beach in Fenwick, Island, DE. He would cut the plywood outer shell of the home in their carport in McLean and then truck the pieces to the beach and assemble their beach house over 20 years. All of his children are college educated. Antonio was a remarkable man and will be missed but live on in our hearts and through our memories.
Services private. He will be buried at Arlington Cemetery.

Published in The Washington Post on Dec. 18, 2012
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