"His office was on the 12th floor and he always came home for lunch," said Mrs. Gonzalez, laughing.

He retired and closed his company in 2003.

"Speedy had such an infectious personality and a natural affability and could talk to anyone. It was thoroughly impossible not to like him. He was such a generous and warm-hearted person," said Mr. Allen, who lives in Eldersburg and is semi-retired.

"He was always stopping to talk to people on his walks around Towson, which earned him the title of the 'Unofficial Mayor of Towson,'" said Mr. Allen.

In addition to his professional life, Mr. Gonzalez served as Baltimore's honorary consul to El Salvador.

"He represented El Salvador very well and was proud to do so," said Mrs. Bentley.

Mr. Gonzalez was a member of the Towson Rotary Club and had been a member of the Hopkins Club.

Mr. Gonzalez enjoyed dancing and had taken more than 68 cruises.

A memorial service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at Ruck Towson Funeral Home, 1050 York Road.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Gonzalez is survived by a son, David Gonzalez of Jacksonville, Fla.; four daughters, Maria Gonzales of Ellicott City, Susanna Gonzales of Glen Burnie, Juliana Gonzalez of Baltimore and Carmen Gonzalez of Washington; and two grandchildren. Another son, Julio T. Gonzalez II, died in 2010. Two earlier marriages ended in divorce.

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