William "Stick" Samuel Castone
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AGE: 65 • Hammonton
William "Stick" Samuel Castone, 65, died suddenly on January 18, 2013. A lifelong resident of Hammonton passed with his family at his side at the Atlantic Care Medical Center in Atlantic City. Born September 20, 1947, Bill was predeceased by his parents William and Vera (nee Wright). Beloved husband to Rita (nee Goldberg), beloved father to William Castone (Johnna), Brian Castone, Brett Castone (Melissa), Benjamin Castone (Theresa), and Bethann Castone-Burke (Daniel), beloved grandfather to Brian Jr., Riccia, Liam, and Benjamin Jr., and beloved brother to Joanne Kennish (Michael).
Bill graduated from Hammonton High School (Class of 1965) where he excelled in basketball and football. He set the basketball single game scoring record of 44 points, which still stands today. Shortly after high school, he met the love of his life, Rita Goldberg from Berlin, whom he married in 1969. He attended Glassboro State College where he earned a degree in Education. During this time, he worked at Whitehall Laboratories in Hammonton. Upon graduation, he obtained his first teaching job at Woodbury Junior-Senior High School teaching 6th grade. He then proceeded to teach at Berlin Community School for 27 years where he coached Girls Softball and Boys Basketball. Despite retiring from public education, Bill held the following positions: Teacher, Guidance Director, Vice Principal, Girls Basketball Coach, and Girls Head Track Coach at St. Joseph's High School in Hammonton. While there, he won many South Jersey Parochial Championships. From there, he concluded his career at Our Lady of Grace and St. Anthony's of Padua, both in Camden County. Currently, he was a Boys Basketball Coach at Moorestown Friends School. Bill was a devoted congregation member of St. Joseph's Church, and he volunteered his time to the Hammonton Food Bank. He was also an avid runner, most recently completing the Wildwood Half Marathon with his son and daughter. He was a Philadelphia sports enthusiast and had a love of vintage Western films. However, his greatest enjoyment was spending time with his children and grandchildren.
Family and friends are invited to attend his viewing Thursday evening, from 6pm-9pm and Friday 9:00am -10:30am at Marinella Funeral Home, 102 N. Third St., Hammonton. Mass of Christian Burial Friday 11:00am at St. Mary of Mt. Carmel Parish-St. Joseph Church Third & French Sts. Hammonton. Entombment Greenmount Cemetery, 124 S. First Rd., Hammonton. The family requests donations to be made in Bill's memory to: to St. Anthony of Padua School, 2818 River Dr., Camden, NJ 08105. (marinellafuneralhome.com)
Published in Courier-Post on Jan. 22, 2013