Fred Nicastro, 88, of Corona Del Mar, Calif., died Tuesday, May 20, 2008.
Fred was born in a small town in Colorado on Oct. 15, 1919, the second of three sons of an Italian shoe cobbler. In 1941 he married Ruth Clarke.
After serving in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he earned a degree in business at the University of Utah in just three years, while working and supporting a family with two young children.
In 1955 Fred began a long association with the West Bend Co. while living in Portland, Ore.
In 1960, the company brought him and his family, then consisting of his wife, three sons and two daughters, to West Bend.
He was soon named director of Retail Merchandising for the company.
In 1976, Fred and Ruth relocated to southern California to be near the ocean they loved. The following year, Ruth died of a stroke.
Fred never remarried, but did establish a long-term, loving relationship with Josey Barnes Way-man, and together they traveled the world for nearly 25 years.
In October, 2007, he was diagnosed with advanced cancer.
In addition to Ruth, Fred was preceded in death by a daughter, Marilee, in 1988.
He is survived by a daughter, Judy (Rob) Murphy of Minneapolis; sons, Brent (Nora Cu-sack) of Madison, Craig (Pattie) of the U.S. Virgin Islands and Scott (Linda) of Mondovi; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Fred had three traits that were recognized by everyone who knew him: he was scrupulously honest, incredibly hard-working and completely devoted to his family.
He will be sorely missed, but not forgotten.
At Fredís request, no services were held.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.