John Joseph Julian Jr.
Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel
3351 Scenic Highway 90e
Pensacola, FL


1959 - 2014

John Joseph Julian, Jr., 55, of Pensacola, FL, passed away on Monday, June 30, 2014.

Mr. Julian was an adored English instructor who enthusiastically taught literature. Over his twenty years of service with the Escambia County School District, he sparked a lasting interest in poetry and writing for many of his students. During his summers, John enjoyed traveling with his family, photography, and live music. A lifetime sports fan, he cheered for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Pittsburgh Pirates and West Virginia Mountaineers.

Mr. Julian is preceded in death by his parents, John Joseph Julian, Sr. and Joyce Claire Julian; he is survived by his loving wife, Vicky Saunders Julian. He is also survived by two daughters, Jessica Julian Levy, her husband Brian Levy and Juna Julian; one grandchild, Amelia Violet Levy; three siblings, James Julian, Mary Julian and Jay Julian; his nephews, Vincent Julian and Brando Julian ; his niece, Arenna Julian; many aunts, uncles and cousins throughout Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Pensacola; his close companions, Mike and Lori Ports, Joey Hartzler, Carmen Coblentz, Tom Card and Bill Parrish; very special friends, Dr. Bob and Bill W.; and his two special family members, Max and Duffy.

The Julian family would like to thank John's pharmacist, Marsha Murphy, The Woodlands Medical Faculty and Covenant Hospice for their devotion and endless assistance.

Services will be held at 3:00 p.m., Monday, July 07, 2014 at Bayview Fisher-Pou Chapel with Father John Kelly officiating. Flowers may be sent to the funeral home, or, if you prefer, the family asks that donations be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Pensacola.

BAYVIEW FISHER-POU CHAPEL, 3351 Scenic Highway is entrusted with arrangements.

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Published by the Pensacola News Journal on Jul. 2, 2014.
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John was a True Gentleman who shared his charm, grace and intelligence with everyone. We were fortunate to know him.
Thomas Monigan
July 2, 2020
Vicky, I am deeply sorry for your loss. I just found out from Rita that John had passed. Such a tragedy. He was a good son to his loving parents, and a good man.
Ava Rich
September 1, 2014
I met Vicky and John working at Seville Quarter in the early 80's, when I met them I knew I found good friends. To see the amazing words friends, former students, co-workers have written about John and his passion for life gives me a vision of the last 30-some years of his life. John was a gentleman always with that gentle smile. My thoughts and prayers to the Julian Family, may his memory fill your hearts with peace.
Jan Clausen
July 15, 2014
A human life is a story told by God. ~ Hans Christian Andersen
John's life has been a beautiful story for his family and friends. I feel honored to be his friend and a fellow teacher. The student contributions in this book are a testimony to his gift of teaching. God bless you Vicky, Jesica and Juna.
July 7, 2014
much love to you J4 you will be missed
Chris Rehm
July 7, 2014
life is precious. Family, and friends make it all worthwhile. John was and still is a special person, touching many lives with love, kindness, and friendship. John was a wonderful, loving, father and husband. He is in a better place now and he will always be in our memories...bright and uplifting memories. Love always, your bro in law, Gary
Gary Hildabrand
July 7, 2014
John was a wonderful guy.. I went to school with him, a guy you always remember. Im so sorry for your loss
Jackie Shiflett
July 6, 2014
I remember many a night sitting with John, John Ogden, and Mike Ports listening to music, discussing life, and finding a way to navigate. We lost John Ogden early but the memories will last forever.
Tim Stevic
July 6, 2014
I was lucky enough to teach with John in the early part of my career; he was always helpful and willing to share his experience and wisdom with me, and it's saddening that he's gone so fast. You are missed immeasurably. RIP.
Jeff Anderson
July 5, 2014
I was fortunate enough to meet John and Vickie when we worked at Seville Quarter. John was always a true gentleman in the classic sense, someone who made a positive impact on all around him. Rest In Peace, Johnny J.
Thomas Monigan
July 4, 2014
So many years have passed by since getting on with life. I have never forgot you or your family in my minds eye. You will be dearly missed John by everyone who has loved you. You have made an impact on so many lives and I doubt you knew how many lives you affected. Rest in peace John. You deserve peace my friend.
Mike Camp
July 3, 2014
Sweet man. Wonderful teacher. Great memories of my friend John.
Anne Gardner
July 3, 2014
I am so sorry to hear of John's passing. He and I were classmates in Smithville, Ohio. With only 105 in our graduating class, we all knew each other fairly well, and he was a friend to everyone. He was quick to smile and laugh, and you could tell he genuinely enjoyed the company of everyone around him. I heard at our 35th reunion that he was ill, and I could tell that several in our class had been keeping in touch with him over the years. It's so comforting to read all these heartfelt posts from his students. My deepest condolences go to them and his family. God bless you for surrounding him with your love. He will live in your hearts forever.
Debi (Shie) Ondrik
July 3, 2014
Mr. Julian was one of my favorite customers. He was always friendly and patient. Even after his illness became apparent he was most considerate of others. Always a courageous human being. We loved him.
Marsha Murphy
July 3, 2014
I never had Mr. Julian as my teacher, but my brother and sister did. He motivated them to do great things. I remember him always standing outside his door greeting students and having conversations with everyone. He was personable and loved teaching. As a teacher myself now, he inspires me to go above and beyond for my students and to keep a positive attitude at work. He will be missed, but his legacy lives on through the eyes of the students he has impacted. May the perpetual light shine upon him.
Tina (Timones) Hart c/o 2000
July 3, 2014
Mr. Julian was always a kind and gentle man with a passion for his craft of teaching. He always spoke a kind word or gave a pleasant greeting of the day. Even through his illness he would smile and never missed the chance for a short chat. He was missed from the halls of EHS these past few years and will definitely be missed from the school of life. Rest easy Mr. Julian, God's got you.
Phyllis Walker
July 2, 2014
Mr. Julian helped me through one of the hardest years of my life. I'm ashamed to say that there was a period of time when I lost my way and was content in letting everything that was once important to me slip away. Mr. Julian reached out and motivated me to keep going and to keep striving to attain the goals I had been so ready to discard. He was kind and insightful, and every one of his students could see how passionate he was about his career. Mr. Julian was a great teacher, and an even greater man.

My thoughts and prayers go out to his family, he will be greatly missed.
KatyAnn Cassidy
July 2, 2014
So sorry to hear this news. John was an inspiring teacher, a terrific mentor, and a wonderful friend. What a terrible loss, but what a privilege to have known him. The world is a poorer place without him.
Beth Rodgers
July 2, 2014
John was witty, kind and had a strong desire to touch the lives of the young people who came into his life. I sincerely appreciate his teaching abilities, for my youngest daughter was fortunate enough to be one of his pupils. As a colleague, I enjoyed his quick wit and his ability to see things the way they truly are. My condolences to his family. I will keep you all in my prayers.
Cindy Knowlton
July 2, 2014
I was fortunate to work with John at Escambia High School and to stand with him on the picket lines during difficult times. He was a great teacher who was beloved by his students. My thoughts are with the Julian family during this most difficult time.
Allyn Pophin
July 2, 2014
Mr. Julian was one of the most inspiring educators I've ever had, including my time in college. He truly valued my opinions and challenged me, which I appreciate in more ways than one. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this difficult time.
Heather MacDonald
July 2, 2014
I will always remember Mr. Julian. He had an undeniable influence on my education and my life.
Savanna Richter
July 2, 2014
Mr. Julian was an inspiring educator and a person who made his students laugh and smile every day. In the two years I had him as an English teacher, his class brightened my days. Thank you for everything Mr. Julian (MJ). My thoughts go out to your family.
Kaitlynn Johnson
July 2, 2014
As a coworker I always know John to be a caring and concerned for his students. You could not have asked for a better person to touch the lives of the students he taught. He has been missed these passed few years at EHS due to his illness and will be missed even more now as he is at rest. Here's to all the lives you have made a difference in John! You were the best in education and in your human spirit toward everyone.
Tim Moran
July 2, 2014
I was lucky enough to have Mr. Julian for both freshman and junior AP English. Much of what I love in art and literature, and what I can see of life reflected back out of pages, I learned from the texts he gave us and his enthusiasm and joy in teaching. Thank you, John Julian.
Samantha Holsworth
July 2, 2014
Mr. Julian was a great introduction to high school when I had him as a freshman, and he did a wonderful job opening my eyes to the adult world of literature in AP English. I can still picture him standing in front of the class after we took a discussion off topic, saying "my turn, my turn". It took a special man to keep a room of teenagers on track day after day. He made projects interesting and treated us as adults. I'm so sad to hear that he passed away, but because of him, I'll always have great memories when I hear of Hemingway or Shakespeare. Thanks, Mr. J, you will always be remembered in the hearts of your students.
April Green
July 1, 2014
I graduated from EHS in 2003, and still have fond memories of being in Mr. Julian's English honors class my freshmen year. He had a great sense of humor and made the class fun and interesting. He is one of my favorite teachers that I ever had. My condolences go out to his family.
July 1, 2014
I graduated from Escambia in 2004.I did not have Mr. Julian as a teacher, but I do remember him in the halls always smiling. I feel like I knew Mr Julian because of all the people who constantly talked about him. They said he was not only a wonderful person, but one of the best teachers a student could have. Prayers go out to everyone. He has touched all our hearts in some kind of way.
Zach Clarkson
July 1, 2014
Mr. Julian was such a wonderful teacher. I only had him for one grade in high school but his English class was the only English class I was ever able to laugh and learn at the same time in. My thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.
Danielle Otos
July 1, 2014
I only knew John a couple of years, but long enough to know and appreciate his wit and keen intelligence and love of education. He will be missed by many. My sympathy goes out to his family.
Wendy Zirkin
July 1, 2014
I graduated in 2008 and I still talk with my friends about how much fun Mr. Julian made our highschool English class. His class was the highlight of my day. He was an amazing person, a wonderful teacher and will be missed by many. He made an impact on many peoples lives for the better. My condolences and prayers go out for his family and friends.
Kaylen Andrews
July 1, 2014
Mr Julian's enthusiam for teaching (especially Shakespear) and love for his students made him one of the most amazing teachers that I was lucky enough to have. His family will remain in my thoughts and prayers. You have my deepest sympathy.
Amanda Sorrells
July 1, 2014
He was a teacher who is remembered as a person with passion for literature and his students futures. More teachers like him, would change our children's futures for the better. God bless his family for their loss.
Elizabeth Fessenden
July 1, 2014
Mr. Julian was a fantastic teacher and he will forever be remembered and missed greatly. My condolences to his family and friends.
Meagan Buffington
July 1, 2014
Mr. Julian was one of my favorite teachers at Escambia. His Junior AP English class was my favorite class at Escambia. His devotion to teaching high school english came through everyday in his class. From class discussion to group projects, he made an everlasting impression. I still tell stories from that class. He will be remebered fondly and greatly missed.
Meganne Rockman
July 1, 2014
Mr. Julian was single-handedly my favorite teacher of all time. He had a great sense of humor, was highly intelligent, and genuinely cared for teaching and his students. The world is a little less bright with him gone. God bless you and your family.
Danielle Wish
July 1, 2014
I had the pleasure of having Mr. Julian twice at EHS. I remember most of my teachers but he held a special place in my heart as a kind, understanding, funny man and an outstanding educator. It is thanks primarily to him that I read as much as I do thanks to him sparking my interest in literature my freshman year. He will be dearly missed.
Sean Martin
July 1, 2014
Mr. Julian was my English Honors professor at Escambia High. He was one of my favorite teachers during high school. He inspired so much in his students and he left a lasting impression on all who entered his classroom. I am sorry to hear of his passing and my thoughts and prayers go to his family and friends during this difficult time.
Meghan Tomlin
July 1, 2014
Mr. Julian was an amazing teacher and he will be greatly missed. Prayers for the family.
Jessica Corsair
July 1, 2014
Mr. Julian was a great teacher. He knew how to get through to his students. He realized that I was seriously depressed through reading my assigned papers. He helped me to seek help. He was my teacher in 1996/97 and I am still upset and shakenend by his passing. He will be greatly missed.
Jeni Lauderdale
July 1, 2014
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
Jeanne Graham
July 1, 2014
I was one of Mr. Julians students, class of 2003, who is greatful to have known Mr. Julian and blessed to have such a wonderful and caring mentor. He taught his students with love and enthusiasm and went out of his way to insure his students were grasping the material and made one of the less desirable subjects, fun and interesting. He was a gifted educator and a true role model for his students. He will be missed and his memory of my highschool adventure will always be charished.
Drew Pate
July 1, 2014
John was a very dear friend and will be greatly missed by so many our prayers to all the Julians for strength through these very difficult times. Love to his extended family..we all loved him and his wonderful sense of humor.
bill and gretchen Parrish
June 30, 2014
How strange is the lot of us mortals! Each of us is here for a brief sojourn; for what purpose we know not, though sometimes sense it. But we know from daily life that we exist for other people, first of all for whose smiles and well- being our own happiness depends. - Albert Einstein
carmen coblentz
June 30, 2014
John was a very dear friend and will be greatly missed by so many our prayers to all the Julians for strength through these very difficult times. Love to his extended family..we all loved him and his wonderful sense of humor.
gretchen Parrish
June 30, 2014
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