Gilbert Q. Garces, a longtime Eastland resident, passed away on Monday, April 11th, 2022.
He was a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and Great-Grandfather. Gilbert was born on September 10th, 1932 in Kennedy, Texas. His early years were spent in San Antonio and Kerrville, Texas. He then moved to West Texas as a teen, working in the oilfield. Moving to Eastland, he then met the love of his life, Mary Rose Torres, married and celebrated marriage for the next 65 years.
Living in Cisco during the early years, they moved to Eastland in 1969 where he owned/operated Gilbert’s Gulf on Main Street. Later, he opened his service station in Cisco, known as “Gilbert’s.” He led an very active civic life in the community, being a member of the Lion’s Club, Booster Club and the Knights of Columbus. Taking care of his customers was his greatest priority and joy. Great customer service was a necessity and nothing less would be expected. His laugh was contagious and the jokes never ran dry to anyone who loved his humor. His “stories” will live in infamy. His family was always his number one priority and loved being a member of Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Cisco. His hobbies were watching and cheering on his beloved Dallas Cowboys, where he took his family to many games during the early glory years. But his favorite hobby was being with his family, watching “all” his kids growing up. His presence, smile and laugh will be greatly missed.
Gilbert was preceded in death by his father, Eliceo Sr., mother Evarista, sisters Dominga, Genoveva, Petra, Julia and Juanita. Brothers Eliceo, Pedro, Amado, Santos and Gilfredo. Granddaughter Bethlanda Newton.
Survivors include his sister, Alma Moreno. Wife, Mary Rose Torres Garces. Daughter, Sylvia and husband David Newton; Son, Leonard and wife Stacy Garces. Grandchildren, Jessica and Jeremy Newton, Yolanda Newton, Tyler Garces, Chloe and Tanner Garces and Tate Garces. Great-granddaughter Kensley Newton. He was excited to see his future great-grandchildren from Chloe/Tanner and Jessica/Jeremy. They will have to learn of their loving and caring “Tito” from the rest of us. He also enjoyed the numerous nephews and nieces that gave his life such tremendous meaning.
Eastland County truly lost a heart-filled man with joy that could light up any room. The stories will continue for years.
A Rosary will be held on Wednesday, April 13th in Cisco at Holy Rosary Catholic Church. Mass will continue at 12:00. Following burial at Oakwood Cemetery in Cisco, a luncheon will be held at the Parish Hall, Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Pallbearers are Jeremy Newton, Yolanda Newton, Tyler Garces, Tanner Garces and Tate Garces.