J.R. Julian

J.R. Julian, a Wilmington attorney for 46 years, passed away on Friday, June 1, 2018.  He was born on April 6, 1943 in Wilmington, the fifth and youngest child of John and Rose Tavani Julian.

His parents instilled in him the importance of hard work, commitment to family, and patriotism – values which he embraced and taught his own children.  J.R. graduated from American University and The Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law.  A former President of the Delaware Bar Association, J.R. was admitted to practice in the U.S. District Court of Delaware, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court.

J.R. was generous with his time and advice and served as a mentor to many.  His appreciation for music, art, wine, history, literature – and enthusiasm for the Washington Redskins – infused his life and those around him.  He will be remembered for his sharp wit and the nicknames he lovingly bestowed upon family, as well as his love for the numerous pets that brought joy to his life.

J.R.’s legacy will live on through his devoted wife of 36 years, Jane W. Julian; daughters L. Nicole Currie (Rodger Currie) and Devon Julian, and sons Peter C. Julian and Christopher J. Julian; and eight grandchildren – Alexandra Antorcha, Stella and Alessandra Julian, Katherine, Christopher, Ryan, and Rose Currie, and Princess Lawrence.  J.R. also is survived by his siblings Robert J. Julian (Lorraine N. Julian) and Joan J. Rizzo; brother-in-law Dr. Francis C. Sarro, sister-in-law Barbara C. Johnson, nephews, nieces, and extended family members.  He was preceded in death by his sister Adeline J. Sarro, brother Gabriel L. Julian, and brothers-in-law R.R. "Buddy" Rizzo and Norman E. Johnson.

In lieu of flowers please consider a contribution to the Landmark Legal Foundation ( or the Wounded Warrior Project (


Submitted by Rebecca on
I am sorry for your loss. May you find from the love and care that surrounds you and comfort in the memories that you shared. Please accept my sincere condolences Romans 15:13

Submitted by Zoe on
My condolences to the family on the loss of your loved one. Losing someone you love is truly difficult and I know J.R. will be missed. Please know our Heavenly Father holds out promises that can help us with our sorrow. One such promise is that death soon will be done away with forever (Revelation 21:4) and another promise is that "there is going to be a resurrection." (Acts 24:15) I pray these promises from God, who cannot lie, (Titus 1:2) bring you comfort.