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In Memoriam

Robert M. Castle

Date Of Birth: 1946
Date Deceased: Oct-12-2020
Age at Death: 74
Cause of Death: Cancer
Classmate City: Springfield
Classmate State: VA
Classmate Country: USA
Survived By: Wife, Gigi Sons, Joshua and Justin

Rob died late last week due to complications from lymphatic cancer. He was 74, most of us are. Our friendship began at McClure Junior High and continued til now. Rob played football in high school And also played hockey on the beloved Wolverines with such notables as Jack Butcher, Walt Rose, Steve Touzalin, Bruce Moore, Jim Phillips, Chris Parker and countless others. Rob went briefly to Earlham College in Indiana and later attended U if I in Champaign. Can’t remember if he was connected with the service, but he went to work as an accountant for the defense dept over in Germany and lived there with his wife, Gigi, and two sons Josh and Justin. They returned to the states and lived in Springfield, VA. Later in life , Rob became interested in a family property near Americus GA, where he spent some time in raising goats and sheep. He was a life long Cubs fan and travelled frequently with some or all of his family to see them play all over the country. Rob was an avid golfer and played up until a few years ago. Rob was a wonderful guy with a gentle personality and a dry sense of humor. I’m sure many of you knew him and liked him. I have fond and humorous memories of him and miss him very much.
From
Phil Crittenden

 
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10/20/20 08:58 AM #1    

Arthur C. West

Thanks Phil for posting this Memoriam.  It really sums up the wonderful kind strong and yet gentle person Rob has been during his life.  I remember him on our hockey team and playing football.  He was so strongly quiet and dedicated to whatever he undertook.  He was a gentle bear.  Also many memories of playing bridge with our group and just enjoying being together.  Rob was definetly a blessing to me during my time until college and life separated me from our group.  May he enjoy the peace of his current existence and I pray he did not suffer too much in his last days.  He was a tremendous person.


10/20/20 08:05 PM #2    

James (Jim) W. Payne

Phil and Art have summarized a life well lived.  Like so many of us, I lost contact after high school as we went our separate ways. While other contacts and friendship were created over the years, reading the notes of Phil and Art remind me of the friendships at high school and before that made the foundation of who we are. Thank you, Rob, for allowing me and others even briefly to be benefit from your presence and friendship. Rest In Peace!  Jim


10/22/20 07:31 AM #3    

James (Jim) H. Philips

 

Thanks you guys for the comments on Rob. He was a good friend to all that knew him. Wheather playing cards, touch football or hockey he gave his best. Playing hockey one night I tried to check him off the puck, but only bounced off his strong elbow and went sprawling. He stopped, came over and quietly said "you okay?" And helped me up. I've not forgotten that thought of kindness from him. We had a party at someone's house New Years Eve and somebody told a joke. Was'nt all that funny I recall but Rob laughed at it like it was the funniest joke he'd ever heard.  That quiet guy made the rest of us smile as well.  
Rest In Peace Rob.  
Jim

 

 

 


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