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Jose D. Castro
  • September 12, 1934
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  • June 15, 2012

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Jose D. Castro, “The Kid,” 77, of Orlando, FL, died Friday, June 15, 2012.  Jose was born September 12, 1934, in Paraiso, Panama, to the late Jose M. and Carmen Castro.  He was the youngest of six children.  Growing up in the Panama Canal Zone, Jose had a mischievous and adventurous personality.  At 17 years old, Jose joined the United States Army and after 21 years of service, retired as Sergeant First Class, E-7,  in 1974.  During his time in the Army, he was stationed in Germany during the Korean Conflict, and served two tours of duty in Vietnam.  He later met and married the love of his life, Hercilia Ramirez on November 26, 1980.  He worked as a security guard for the Panama Canal Commission and retired after 19 years of service.  In August of 1994, he moved his family to Central Florida.   Jose was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and fierce patriarch of the family.  His six children fondly remember his sense of humor, outgoing personality, and the ability to make a friend with any stranger.  Jose enjoyed cooking, telling stories, making people laugh, and loving his family and friends.  He is survived by his loving wife and partner of 42 years, Chila; three sons, Jose, Jr., Aquiles, and Ruben; three daughters, Carmen Inman (Stan), Maruquel Samaniego (Carlos), Michelle Castro, and Migdalia Castro; five grandchildren, Nelson (Nakima), Joey, Marisa, Evan, and Madison,; four great grandchildren, Melody, Ashley, Joshua and Cody and two sisters, Alicia Charris and Petronila Jimenez.   “The KID” will be missed by all!!! A Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 22, 2012, 6:30 pm at the Winter Park Chapel, 301 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789. Memorial Service will be held on Friday, June 22, 2012, 6:30 pm at the Winter Park Chapel, 301 W. New England Ave., Winter Park, FL 32789

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  1. Leonardo Garcia says:
    22 Jun 2012
    I still remember all the laughs we had when I'd hang out with Ruben at your house back in the day, the amazing stories you had to tell and all the sage advice you had to offer. You always treated me like one of your own sons and I will never forget that. You were a father figure to me in my life whether you knew it or not. I have amazing respect and love for you and know you will watch over us until we meet again. Doughboy is going to miss you Pops!

    With love and respect,

  2. Jose D. Castro Jr says:
    20 Jun 2012
    You were the one person anyone of us could confide and still provide a practical yet blunt advice that many at times we found it to be not what we wanted to hear but still we would hear it and then reflect on your wisdom as a father. You always told each one of us "I love you" and that always meant that you gave your love unconditional and we strive to reciprocate that same unconditional love each day with our own children or family member. You definitely left a huge mark in this world because everyone that I talk to speaks highly of you and remember a piece of advice you gave or just the way you are. I miss you dearly each day and it seems that you are still surrounding us because we hear your laughter, see your smile, feel your presence everywhere. One thing that I remember about you is that you never ever gave me wrong advice. You always stated "if you followed 50% of my advices you will hardly struggle in life" You have the biggest heart that I can imagine because I am finding out things about you that I never knew and you blow me away!!!
    I will always miss you and also can't wait to see you!!!.
    I love you Dad!!!

  3. Ruben S. Castro says:
    20 Jun 2012

    We know it wasn't your time to go, and as such we will always need you and miss you tremendously. I think about all of the life lessons you bestowed upon me and how they have served me extremely well throughout my life. I can't thank you enough for being the greatest Dad ever and I strive to one day be as good a father for my daughter Madison as you were to me. There will not be a day in the rest of my life that I won't think about you and how funny you were and how much you loved all of us. I appreciate fully your ability to love unconditionally as you demonstrated day in and day out with all of your children, it wasn't just lip service. My consoloation is that one day I will leave this earth and I know you'll be waiting for me on the other side with a smile on your face and a warm embrace. Thank you Dad, I miss you so much and I can't wait for the day we meet again. See you on the flip side Kid. You'll always be my favorite SAH.

    With lots of love,
    Your youngest son...


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    20 Jun 2012
    Thanksgiving 2007 JD Castro
    Thanksgiving 2007 JD Castro

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