Donald B. Castleman
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Donald B. Castleman

AGE: 82 • Little Silver

Donald B. Castleman, 82, of Little Silver, passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2011, at home, surrounded by his loving wife, children and grandchildren. He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y. and the son of Godwin M. and Eleanor B. Castleman. He graduated from Brooklyn Poly Prep in 1947. Don also graduated from Princeton University in 1951 with a B.A. degree in Economics. While at Princeton, he was a member of the Charter Club. He served his country in the Army during the Korean Conflict. Following his years of military service, he joined Bankers Trust Company in 1954, where he remained throughout his entire career. He retired from Bankers Trust Company as a Managing Director. In July of 1956, Don married the former Suzanne Stephens of Little Silver. This coming July, they would have celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary. Don served as a member of the Board of Education, where he was later elected president. He was a member of the Rumson Country Club, where he enjoyed playing golf with his buddies. He was also a member of the Sea Bright Beach Club.

Don is survived by his wife, Suzy, the mayor of Little Silver; his children, Anne Connell and her husband Daniel and Elizabeth Castleman-Halpin. He is also survived by his sister, Sally Eckerson and her husband Homer. Don had four loving grandchildren, Brook and Erin Connell, and Connor and Noelle Halpin.

Don was a very special person and well-respected by those who have had the privilege of knowing him.

A celebration of the life of Don will be held from 12 noon until 2 p.m. Friday, May 27 at the Rumson Country Club. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Don's memory to Jason's Dreams for Kids, 20 Monmouth St., Red Bank, NJ 07701 or online at or to St. John's Episcopal Church of Little Silver, 325 Little Silver Point Road, Little Silver, NJ 07739. Interment will be private. Arrangements were entrusted to Thompson Memorial Home, Red Bank.

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Published in Asbury Park Press on May 26, 2011.
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June 1, 2011
Dear Mrs. Castleman and family,

I am Danny's cousin Tracy (Weasy's 2nd daughter). Colleen kept me informed of Don's illness. I wanted to let you know how very sorry I was to hear of his passing. He was a great man who gave a lot to his family, country, and profession. It is hard to imagine now that memories can be comforting, but hopefully over time you will be able to gain peace and strength from the good memories. I know he will be missed.

Take care, Tracy Connell Hancock
May 30, 2011
Dear Suzy, Annie and Liz,
We are so, so sad to hear of the loss of Super Don after Bill Herndon's phone call. Our memories go deep and we will miss him terribly. We will get in touch as soon as we get to NJ later this summer. We love you all.
-Anne and Dr. John
Anne and John Angers
May 26, 2011
I will always remember your father as a true gentleman...our thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time.
Karen and Ken Koenig
karen koenig
May 26, 2011
Suzy and family, we are so sorry to read the loss of your wonderful husband and father. Judy and Joe Madure
Judy Madure
May 26, 2011
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow.
jerry/phyllis menna
May 26, 2011
I have such fond memories of Don and especially from high school. I remember the many days we would gather at the house with Anne and the gang of kids. Suzy would sit with us and we all talked and laughed...Don would come in from NY.... Suzy would hold dinner for them both and eat together every night in the den! I thought that was so special, they always had that time together and they got to eat soooo late~ He was a very kind man and Suzy and he had so much love for each other. They were both lucky to have so many wonderful years together. He will missed by all and remember by everyone he met...My sincere condolences to Suzy, Anne, Liz and all rest of the family…Love, Colleen
colleen connell damitz
May 26, 2011
God Bless the Castleman family. This picture reminds me of Mr. C. from high school days with Liz.
Susan McNeil Altomare
May 26, 2011
Suzy and family, my deepest sympathy on your loss.
Terry McGuire
May 26, 2011
I love and miss you so much Daddy!!!!
May 26, 2011
My sincere condolences to the Castleman family. Mr. Castleman, always the affable gentleman, will be sorely missed and fondly remembered by all of us who had the pleasure to serve him at RCC.
John Goode
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