July 8, 1929 - February 28, 2021 Eric Castro-Bran, age 91, of Redondo Beach, CA, passed away peacefully at his home on February 28, 2021. Eric was preceded in death by his wife of 50 years, Vilma "Yeyi" Castro-Bran (died 2009), and is survived by his three children; Denise Castro-Bran; Sandra and her husband Steve Brayton; son Kim Castro-Bran and wife Rose; brother Hugo Castro, niece Marina Castro and nephews Hugo Castro and Jorge Marcelo Pozzi. Eric was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina on July 8, 1929. He received his BA in Social Sciences from the University of Buenos Aires. Eric and Vilma immigrated to America in 1961, making Redondo Beach their home. Eric owned and operated service stations in Redondo Beach and went on to work for Los Angeles County, first at the Department of Public Social Services and then onto the Road Department (now known as Public Works). While working full-time and raising a family, he concurrently pursued further education in Electrical/Mechanical engineering. Upon retirement at age 55, Eric became a member of the United States Coast Guard Auxiliary, serving for 34 years. In addition to participating in various Coast Guard Auxiliary functions and missions, Eric was a member of the Coast Guard's Aids to Navigation Team Los Angeles/Long Beach, helping repair and maintain various lighthouses and navigational aids along the Southern California coast. He was a graduate of the Coast Guard's Lighthouse Technician School of Yorktown, Virginia. He received many commendations and awards from the U.S. Coast Guard and U.S Coast Guard Auxiliary. Eric was appointed the honorary title of Lighthouse Keeper by the USCG Auxiliary and honored for his over 25 years of service at Point Vicente Lighthouse. Eric was instrumental in creating an interpretive center/museum and getting the lighthouse open for public tours, welcoming over 500,000 visitors since 1992. Eric was an extraordinary man of many talents and accomplishments, incredible compassion, kindness and determination. He was passionate and committed to family, this country, the U.S. Coast Guard /Auxiliary, and his beloved Point Vicente Lighthouse. He will be incredibly missed by those who loved him and the many people whose lives he touched. Due to Covid restrictions the family is having a private service and in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Association (www.cgauxa.org
), in his honor. A virtual memorial service will be held at a later date.