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Tomas Mauricio Arias
September 22, 1959 ~ November 18, 2023 (age 64) 64 Years Old
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Tomas “Tito” Mauricio Arias, 64, of Gaithersburg, MD, beloved husband, father, brother, and son, passed away on November 18, 2023. He was born in San Salvador, El Salvador on September 22, 1959. He was preceded in death by his parents, Jose Maria Arias and Maria Argelia Lara, as well as his siblings, Joseph, Marta Marina, Roberto, and Francisco.
He is survived by his loving wife, Theresa, and his children: Andrew, Claudia, Nancy, Thomas, and Alex. He was a cherished brother to Dario, Haydee, Gloria, Milagro, Estebana (Teba), Mery, Kela, Aleyda, and Carmen.
Tito was known for his deep devotion to God, his family and his work. From a young age, Tito had a passion for automobiles, fueled by a dream to own and drive a car. His dream came true as he worked incredibly hard to own his own mechanic shop and eventually drove many cars for his clients. He had a unique way of sharing life's pleasures; inviting all family members to take a ride with him, whether it be by bike, moped, jet ski, boat, car, trailer, RV, or anything he got his hands on. He found joy in the journey where these rides took him. Tito was always grateful for all the blessings received from Almighty God for him and his family.
Tito’s passion led him to pursue a career as an auto mechanic. His perseverance drove him to open his own business in 1996, Daytona Auto Care. Recognized for his expertise and dedication, Tito expanded his enterprise in 2002 by acquiring Gaithersburg Citgo and relocating Daytona Auto Care to a larger, more accessible garage in the heart of Old Towne.
His work stretched far beyond just fixing cars. Tito was always there, ready to lend a helping hand and fix anything he could without seeking anything in return. He was simply motivated by the warmth of his heart and the genuine desire to help others. Run with the assistance of his closest family members, Daytona Auto Care flourished. Tito's commitment to work became more pronounced, and he became very well known in the community as Don Tomas. His tireless work ethic and devotion to providing for his family were evident throughout his life.
When he retired due to illness, Tito spent much of his time telling stories to everyone who visited. He spent countless hours with his Mother-in-Law, Maria (Matu) Jesus Gonzalez; they watched over and protected each other. Matu passed away hours before Tito, and they are now watching over their family and will forever be together in heaven.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Raphael Catholic Church, 1513 Dunster Rd, Rockville, MD 20854.
The family will receive friends at the Roy W. Barber Funeral Home, 21525 Laytonsville Road, Laytonsville, MD on November 26 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friends may also visit on November 27 at St. John Neumann Catholic Church, 9000 Warfield Rd. Gaithersburg, MD 20882 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. The funeral Mass will start at 11 a.m., followed by interment at All Souls Cemetery, 11401 Brink Rd. Germantown, MD 20876.