William Raymond Castro, Jr.
March 15, 1927 ~ November 21, 2012
SEATTLE, WA – William Castro, Jr., born March 15, 1927, the second of eight children of William and Clotilda Castro of Monterey, passed away recently at his home at the age of 85. A former resident of Monterey, Billy was a direct descendant of early Spanish colonists who settled at the Presidio of Monterey, and later included General Jose Castro, the acting Governor of Alta California and Captain Manuel Mariano Concalves of the Monterey Whaling Company.
In his early years, Billy was a fun-loving boy with an infectious smile. He spent his youth working aboard the fishing fleet, and caddying at Pebble Beach. As a result, he developed a great love for fishing and golfing in later life. Before graduating with his class at Monterey High School, he entered the United States Navy in 1944. He served aboard ten different aircraft carriers during his two separate enlistments in the Navy – World War II and Korea. Included in that group of carriers was the CVE, U.S.S. Monterey. After being discharged from the Navy, Billy settled in Seattle where he married the love of his life, the former Helen Oja. Both often visited family and friends on the Monterey Peninsula.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen and son, Ted of Seattle. He will be missed by his surviving sons, Michael (Shirley) of Seattle, Bill III (Christi) of Seattle; daughter, Connie Castro of San Diego; two grandchildren, Dan Habeeb and Ashleigh Castro of Seattle; one great grandchild, Adriana Habeeb; and several nieces and nephews. Also, he will be missed by his surviving siblings, Vivian Bosler of Salinas, Clotilda Booth of Carmel, Catherine Amato of Salinas, David Castro of Vallejo, and Dorothy Metzger of Scottsdale, Arizona. Also preceding him in death was his brother, Emmett Castro of Pacific Grove and a sister, Rosemarie Silva of King City.
A private ceremony will be held in Pacific Grove where his remains will rest alongside his brother, Emmett.
Published in The Monterey Herald on Apr. 24, 2013