Mel Castle - January 1, 2011

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 NEW 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.

In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to the New Baltimore Reformed Church, Rte. 144 & Church St., New Baltimore, NY 12124.