Craig Fred Nicastro, 66

Craig Fred Nicastro, 66 Craig Fred Nicastro, 66, passed away peacefully at his home in Vancouver, Washington, after a short illness, surrounded by his loving family, on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.

Craig is survived by his wife of 44 wonderful years, Pattie (Friedel) Nicastro; his son, Toby Nicastro, and daughter-in-law, Pia Nicastro; his daughter, Stacy Foster, and son-in-law, Jon Foster; three grandchildren; brothers, Brent and Scott Nicastro; and sister, Judy Murphy. He is predeceased by his sister, Marilee, and his parents, Ruth Clarke and Fred Nicastro.

Craig was born Jan. 15, 1951, at Thomas D. Dee Memorial Hospital in Ogden, Utah. As a child, Craig lived in Walla Walla, Washington; Lake Oswego, Oregon; and West Bend.

Craig graduated from West Bend High School in 1969 and attended the University of Wisconsin-Washington County. On Oct. 12, 1973, he married the love of his life, Pattie. On July 16, 1974, he welcomed his son, Toby, and on June 19, 1977, received the best Father’s Day gift ever with his daughter, Stacy. Craig’s family was the most important part of his life, and he loved his grandchildren more than anything. Craig was a gifted engineer who worked in the telecommunications industry. He was a respected leader whose employees admired his work ethic, integrity, attitude and caring personality. He felt fortunate to spend much of the last 20 years of his career working in the U.S. Virgin Islands where he regularly took a plane between offices, and spent free time golfing or reading on the beach.

He retired in early 2016 and returned to the Pacific Northwest to reunite with his family and spend time with his grandchildren. Craig was very mechanically inclined, a problem-solver, and always busy with projects around the house. Craig was an avid reader, an organic gardener, and a fan of the Wisconsin Badgers and Green Bay Packers. But above all else, Craig was a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many.

Craig “Nic” Nicastro will be deeply missed by his family, friends and all who knew him.