The funeral of Julio Garcia, York’s favorite hairdresser, will take place on August 3 at York Crematorium in Bishopthorpe Road.
Julio, one half of top York hairdressing duo Glen and Julio, died of cancer in York Hospital aged 70 on July 11. His partner, Glenn Jackson, was at his bedside.
In the days that followed, the press’s Facebook page was flooded with tributes to Julio. And Glenn said he has received more than 600 cards and letters of condolence since then.
Julio’s funeral will be held on August 3 at 12:20 p.m. at the crematorium. Glenn said all of Julio’s friends would be happy.
A wake will follow at Pike Hills Golf Club.
Glenn and Julio have been together for more than 40 years – ever since Glenn, already a hairdresser, went on holiday to Spain and met Julio there.
The couple decided they wanted to spend their lives together and returned to England, where, deciding to share Glenn’s profession, Julio quit his job as an accountant and apprenticed with Glenn as a ladies’ hairdresser.
The couple opened Glen and Julio in a former butcher’s shop on Bishopthorpe Road in 1975 and went on to train dozens of hairdressers and stick up thousands of clients, including generations of local families.
They both became presidents of the York and Yorkshire Federation of Barbers and traveled the world together taking part in international competitions.
Julio Garcia with his pet dachshund Sofia – who will attend his funeral with Glenn
They have represented Great Britain at the World and European Hairdressing Championships, winning gold medals in Holland, Germany, Italy and London, as well as being crowned British, Scottish and Welsh champions.
They styled wigs for the former York Wax Museum in Friargate and even starred in a feature film when, after working as technical consultants on the set of Never Better, they impressed the producer so much that they were offered supporting roles.
“We had a wonderful life together,” Glenn said.
After retiring in 2015, they moved to a house in Acombe, where they lived with their pet dachshund, Sophia.
Glenn said he would bring Sofia to Julio’s funeral because the little dog missed him so much.
In the days after his death, dozens of tributes to Julio were posted on The Press’ Facebook page.
“Julia, you were so brave and fought to the end, I will miss you,” wrote Press reader Julie Sharples.
“It’s very sad to hear this news, Julio has been fighting cancer very bravely,” Jule Lee added. “He was so sweet and kind to my mom and everyone who met him. He will be greatly missed.”
“Such a wonderful person,” wrote Debbie Forshaw. “He used to do me and my mom’s hair years ago. So sorry for your loss, Glenn.’