Oct. 28, 2003
Providence, RI -
Joe Castro, a longtime athletic trainer with the Brown University men's ice hockey, soccer and lacrosse teams, passed away late Sunday night following a long bout with cancer.
Loved by players and depended on by coaches, Castro retired from his athletic training duties in 1999, after 35 years of service to the Brown athletic department.
A longtime resident of East Providence, Rhode Island, Castro joined the Brown athletics staff as a full-time athletic trainer in 1965, and helped prepare 11 different teams for NCAA Championships, four with soccer, three with ice hockey and four with lacrosse. His attention to detail and willingness to assume responsibilities outside the formal job description of an athletic trainer is legendary, assuming a myriad of duties, including travel coordinator for various Brown teams.
In the spring of 1997, Castro was honored by the nation's hockey coaches with the James H. Fullerton Award for service, named after Brown's legendary hockey coach, who Castro worked with at the beginning of his career.
A native of Warwick, RI, Castro graduated from the former Aldrich High School. He then entered the military, where he played baseball for the 24th Division. He became involved with athletic training in the Army, Castro later became a certified member of the National Athletic Trainers Association.
Castro was an avid golfer and longtime member of the Fall River Country Club.
Calling Hours are 4:00p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Thursday Oct. 30 at the Perry-McStay Funeral Home, 2555 Pawtucket Ave., East Providence, RI.
The funeral service will be held at St. Brendan's Church, 60 Turner Ave., East Providence on Friday October 31 at 9:00 a.m.
He is survived by his daughters, Beverly Ann and Mary Ellen, and his longtime companion, Carlotta Shaw.