BALTIMORE Ė Mel Castle left this earth on Saturday, January 1, 2011
to be reunited with the love of his life Ethel, his wife of 66 year.
Mel was born in New Baltimore in 1921. He lived there on the shores
of the Hudson River for nearly his entire life. Like many people of
his generation he didnít have many of the advantages that we enjoy
today. He never let that get in his way, through sheer hard work and
determination, often working two jobs, he earned an Engineerís
Certification that enabled him to start a career with the Moran Tug
Boat Company where he lived his dream of sailing the waters of his
beloved Hudson River. Me gave up his dream when the demands of
working on the boats kept him away from his family but you could
often find him looking out his picture window wistfully watching the
big red tugboats with the letter M as they passed his home.
Mel worked at many other jobs, big rig truck driver, propane
delivery and appliance service technician until he finally settled
in for a 25 year career as a mechanic at Suburban Propane in Albany.
Throughout his working life Mel had one goal in mind; to give his
sons, Mel and Terry all the advantages that he never had. In this
regard he was as successful as any man could be. Most important, he
gave his boys the greatest gift of all, a loving, happy, secure
childhood full of wonderful memories.
The Castle household was an amazing unique and joyous place. Melís
wry smile, mischievous sense of humor and good-natured ribbing set
the tone. The house was full of laughter, often due to the presence
of Melís collection of unusual pets. He just couldnít resist an
animal that needed a home; monkeys, horses, parrots, sheep, goats,
rabbits, ducks and dogs of all shapes and sizes all found a place in
the Castle family. Mel was a real character and his loving wife
Ethel was very patient!
Mel Castle was above all else A GOOD MAN. He loved his family, his
hometown New Baltimore, the Hudson River and a frosty glass of beer.
He was always there when his neighbors needed a hand. They just
donít make em like Mel any more. The world will be a little less
interesting without him.
Funeral services will be held 11 AM Friday, January 7th at the New
Baltimore Reformed Church. Burial will follow in Chestnut Lawn
Cemetery, New Baltimore. There will be no calling hours.
lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the New Baltimore
Reformed Church, Rte. 144 & Church St., New Baltimore, NY 12124.