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|Thomas James Arroyo|
|Viewing: July 17, 2019 (Wednesday) from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM|
Service: July 18, 2019 (Thursday) at 11:00 AM
Location: DeVol Funeral Home
On Friday, July 12, 2019, Thomas James Arroyo, loving husband to Mirella Sanford Arroyo, father of seven children, and two grandchildren, passed away at the age of 61. He courageously fought colorectal cancer and continued to fight on his own terms. He never complained about his illness, but rather lived his life with purpose and dignity.
His last two goals were to retire after 30 years in the police force and to walk his second daughter down the aisle at her wedding. Two huge accomplishments that were both met this past May. We can all smile and shed a tear today as these two events were days his family will never forget.
Family was always his number one priority. He leaves behind his one true love, Mirella. She has given him the greatest gift of all: love, children, and hope. During his final minutes of life, she reminded Tom of their love for adventure, laughter, travel, and joy. The Muzzatti’s were a huge part of his life and accepted and loved him for who he truly was.
He leaves behind his four amazing and strong daughters, Kelly Fouche, Allison Wisotzkey, Jennifer Ewanciw, and Nicole Arroyo. He taught his girls the importance of working hard, being kind, and helping others. Although Tom never had sons of his own, he could not have loved and been more proud of Bryan, Daniel, and Bradley Sanford. As his girls grew up and followed their dreams and hearts, John Fouche, Ryan Wisotzkey, and Greg Ewanciw became part of the family. He trusted these men to always care and protect his girls. Tom was always proud to share stories about his two grandchildren, Lucy and Nicholas Fouche. They will cherish their special times with Pop and share these memories with future cousins.
He comes from such a strong group of siblings, Anne Sebastian, Mickey Lord, and John Arroyo. They have helped pave his way and he always valued the time that they shared together. His nieces, nephews, and cousins were such an important part of his life and he treasured their strong bond.
Dedication is a word that comes to mind when describing Tom’s career. He accomplished his goals and proudly crossed everything off his list. Tom began his career at Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority Police Department (MWAA PD) in 1989. Throughout his 30-year career he worked at both National and Dulles Airports. He built wonderful relationships with co-workers who became friends that were more like family. He was a member of the SWAT team, Special Operations Unit (SOU), and an instructor at the Northern Virginia Criminal Justice Training Academy. He was a proud member of the Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) and would do anything for his brothers and sisters in blue.
“God, Country, and Notre Dame” is something that will live on with Tom’s spirit. He was an avid sports fan and was always rooting for his favorite teams. We had all hoped he had entered heaven like Rudy with high fives and the Fighting Irish song playing in the background.
Tom has taught us all that life is too short. We should celebrate the small things, cherish every moment, and as the Irish proudly cheer, “Play like a champion today and every day!”
The family will receive guests at DeVol Funeral Home, 10 East Deer Park Drive, Gaithersburg on Wednesday evening, July 17 from 6-8 pm.
The Funeral Service will take place at the same location on Thursday morning, July 18 at 11 am. The family asks that you follow in procession to Gate of Heaven, 13801 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring.
Immediately following the interment, the Arroyo family invites you to a Celebration of Life at Fontina Grill, 801 Pleasant Dr, Rockville, MD.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests donations be sent to Life with Cancer (lifewithcancer.org/donate) or Capital Caring (capitalcaring.org/donate) in the memory of Thomas Arroyo.
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