Camilo Espinoza Castro Jr. passed away on January 16, 2021, at the age of 60, in Sun City, Arizona with his sister Debra and wife Irma at his side.
Camilo was born and raised in Phoenix, Arizona, and was the middle child of 3. He is preceded in death by his parents, Camilo & Gonzala Castro, his brother, Rick Castro Sr., and his late wife, Gloria Castro. He is survived by his wife Irma, daughters Kyrene & Erica, stepdaughter Vanessa, stepsons Marco & Andy, sister Debra and granddaughter Leilani. He is also survived by 5 step-grandchildren, 6 nieces and nephews, 3 goddaughters, and many brothers and sisters-in-law.
Camilo had a strong passion for baseball and would often talk about his years of playing and his great pitching stats. As an uncle, he mentored his nephews with pitching as well. He enjoyed spending time with family, football, comedy shows, fishing, and going to the casino. Camilo retired from the State of Arizona Industrial Commission where he worked as a workman’s comp claims supervisor for 25+ years. He lost his late wife in May 1997 and worked hard to raise his two daughters. Most days he could be found at the softball fields where he spent his free time coaching his daughters and teaching them how to pitch. He loved to laugh and had a great sense of humor. Camilo and Irma met in early 2004 and immediately connected through great conversation. While he loved all his girls, he gained all the boys he always wanted. He was a great listener to family & friends and provided honest advice to those seeking it. In recent days, you could find Camilo watching Family Feud or The Steve Wilkos Show comfortably in his recliner.
Due to Covid and limited capacity, Camilo will be honored in a private memorial on Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at 10:00 A.M. at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E Indian School Road, Phoenix. Masks and Social distancing will be required. A graveside blessing will take place immediately after at St Francis Cemetery, 2033 N 48th St, Phoenix.
May God provide strength & healing to our Castro family. Kyrene, Erica & Leilani may God heal your hearts & reveal the Love our father truly has for you all.
Brother, I am heartbroken yet content you are joined with loved ones in an everlasting life in Christ.. You are set free from earthly struggles & now renewed.
Thank you for being my protective other big brother, my friend, a great Uncle to my children & great brother -n-law to my husband. While you are already missed you will not be forgotten. You are forever in our hearts until we meet again. Love, your Sister Debra
Susie ( Betancourt) Gomez
Dear. Castro family please accept my deepest condolences, we were so sorry to hear of cousin camilo passing. Please know we will keep the family in our thought and prayers.
My deepest condolence to Castro Family. I am saddened to hear of Camilo’s passing. Please know I will keep the family in my prayers, for god to provide you with strength & healing. Camilo, I am praying for your eternal rest. Rest In Peace my friend
Sending our deepest, heartfelt condolences to the Castro family during this difficult time. May the care and love of those around provide comfort and peace to get through the days ahead. Always cherish in the beautiful memories of Camilo.
My heartfelt Condolences and Sympathy to the Castro Family , prayers for Gods Comfort, Strength and Peace. Love Esther Gonzalez
To Kyrene, Erica, Leilani and Debbie
I’m praying for you in your loss.
There will be things that trigger tears and things that bring laughter…
Things you never expected…
But they will gently remind you of all the wonderful things that made your life with your dad, Tata and brother,
such a precious gift.
I love you,
Your Tia Sylvia
My sincerest condolences and prayers to the Castro family…”God sends us to this earth for a season, and then he receives us again unto Him. This cycle is understandable but are never quite as ready to let go as we think we will be. All our lives we know that someday this would happen, but the finality and reality are piercing. One thing we know, is that death cannot kill love and human hands can’t bury it. On your loved one’s resurrection day give praise to God for a life lived well.” T.D. Jakes.